In respect to the delay caused today, we will email notice in future.

What does the meaning of "in respect"?

  • You will find this in most dictionaries. Here's Collins; you want #4. – StoneyB on hiatus Nov 20 '14 at 12:32
  • But then it suggests with respect to/in respect of... or the rule is loose? @StoneyB – Maulik V Nov 20 '14 at 12:56
  • @Maulik Yes, With respect to would be better. But few people make these careful distinctions any more, so you have to get used to the sloppy versions. – StoneyB on hiatus Nov 20 '14 at 13:01

It's a way of saying that due to the delay/in light of the delay caused today, [...].

You could also say:

Considering the delay caused today, we will email notice you in future.


Firstly "In respect to" is bad. "with respect to" is better but it really doesn't convey the meaning I believe the author intended. Normally you'd use this phrase to give context to the main clause of the sentence. Eg

With respect to exam results, I shall be posting something on the noticeboard this afternoon.

It still a bit clumsy but gives you an example.

For the actual sentence you provided it may be written:

Due to the disruption caused by recent delays we shall email notice of future periods of downtime.

or even:

Service disruption

Sorry about recent delays. We shall email you notice of downtime in future.

I have, of course, inferred some extra meaning as to what the delays were about.

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