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[dis-rep-yuh-tuh-buh l] /dɪsˈrɛp yə tə bəl/
not reputable; having a bad reputation:
a disreputable barroom.
discreditable; dishonorable.
shabby or shoddy; of poor quality or condition:
disreputable clothes.
Origin of disreputable
1765-75; dis-1 + reputable
Related forms
disreputability, disreputableness, noun
disreputably, adverb
2. disgraceful, ignoble, unprincipled, objectionable, low, shameful, debased. Unabridged
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  • He stands for some as a symbol of intellectual integrity, for others as a disreputable disturber of the doctrinal peace.
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  • And he was not only a commoner, he was a commoner in a slightly disreputable profession.
  • Beneficial, had long had slightly disreputable reputations.
  • If a disreputable editor changes something, the original author won't necessarily lose many reputation points.
  • Before then, there was something faintly disreputable about really big fortunes.
  • It's got nothing to do with laziness, weakness of character, or disreputable lifestyle.
  • disreputable companies sometimes use a variation of an official or nationally recognized name to try to confuse you.
British Dictionary definitions for disreputable


having or causing a lack of repute
disordered in appearance
Derived Forms
disreputability, disreputableness, noun
disreputably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disreputable

1710 (implied in disreputableness); see dis- + reputable. Related: Disreputably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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