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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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  • If she cared nothing for him, she was acting in a reprehensible manner.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • Does your law, then, not consider him reprehensible in that desire?

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • All boisterous behavior, loud laughing and talking, are as reprehensible in the train as they are in the drawing-room.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson
  • reprehensible as it was he did not want anything to disturb it.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Besides, the abduction of a child is an utterly illegal and reprehensible act—no matter what the motive.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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