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[rep-ri-hen-suh-buh l] /ˌrɛp rɪˈhɛn sə bəl/
deserving of reproof, rebuke, or censure; blameworthy.
Origin of reprehensible
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin reprehēnsibilis, equivalent to Latin reprehēns(us) (past participle of reprehendere to reprehend) + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
reprehensibility, reprehensibleness, noun
reprehensibly, adverb
nonreprehensibility, noun
nonreprehensible, adjective
nonreprehensibleness, noun
nonreprehensibly, adverb
unreprehensible, adjective
unreprehensibleness, noun
unreprehensibly, adverb
praiseworthy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reprehensible
  • To ignore the sin of lying and blame someone who is trying to cut through the veil of secrecy is reprehensible.
  • Giving everyone a chance to fail, or even a second chance, is by no means a reprehensible policy.
  • Exploiting an event to further an agenda is not in itself reprehensible.
  • Finally shareholders are becoming incensed by these reprehensible bonuses and severance packages.
  • To do what he did on such a large scale and to so-called friends is reprehensible.
  • Punitive damages are imposed to punish reprehensible conduct and to deter others from similar behavior in the future.
  • Such crimes are reprehensible and should be punished severely.
  • His efforts to cover up his crime by stealing from another client, an elderly widow, make his actions all the more reprehensible.
British Dictionary definitions for reprehensible


open to criticism or rebuke; blameworthy
Derived Forms
reprehensibility, reprehensibleness, noun
reprehensibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin reprehensibilis, from Latin reprehendere to hold back, reprove; see reprehend
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Word Origin and History for reprehensible

late 14c., from Old French reprehensible (14c.) or directly from Late Latin reprehensibilis, from reprehens-, past participle stem of Latin reprehendere (see reprehend). Related: Reprehensibly; reprehensibility.

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