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Respectable chap joins swimmer (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

genteel

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Here is my best explanation:

'respectable' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'chap joins swimmer' is the wordplay.
'chap' becomes 'gent' (I've seen this in other clues**).
'joins' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'swimmer' becomes 'eel' (eel is a kind of fish).
'gent'+'eel'='GENTEEL'

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(Other definitions for genteel that I've seen before include "Cultivated", "Well mannered", "Well-bred", "Exaggeratedly polite", ""Refayned"", "Courtly, cultivated", "Courteous, well-bred", "Affectedly refined and upper-crust", "Politely refined" and "Terribly polite".)

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