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[ree-proov] /riˈpruv/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), re-proved, re-proved or re-proven, re-proving.
to prove again.
1520-30; re- + prove
Can be confused
re-prove, reprove.


[ri-proov] /rɪˈpruv/
verb (used with object), reproved, reproving.
to criticize or correct, especially gently:
to reprove a pupil for making a mistake.
to disapprove of strongly; censure:
to reprove a bad decision.
Obsolete. to disprove or refute.
verb (used without object), reproved, reproving.
to speak in reproof; administer a reproof.
1275-1325; Middle English reproven < Old French reprover < Late Latin reprobāre, equivalent to re- re- + probāre to test, prove
Related forms
reprover, noun
reprovingly, adverb
Can be confused
re-prove, reprove.
1. scold, reprimand, upbraid, chide, reprehend, admonish. See reproach.
1. praise. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for reproved
  • She reproved him for jesting in a matter so serious.
  • He also was privately reproved last year for failing to perform legal services and communicate with a client in one matter.
  • When he did not comply with the conditions attached to the reproval, he was again reproved, with additional conditions.
  • When he did not comply with conditions attached to the agreement, he was privately reproved.
  • She had been reproved for having adopted a western lifestyle.
  • He was reproved for failing to promptly refund unearned fees to his client and for filing an unjust action against his client.
  • As soon as you let yourself be moved by your feelings, combat this desire as a thing that is reproved by the great.
  • We reproved them for their want of faith, which rendered the pains we.
British Dictionary definitions for reproved


(transitive) to speak disapprovingly to (a person); rebuke or scold
Derived Forms
reprovable, adjective
reprover, noun
reproving, adjective
reprovingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French reprover, from Late Latin reprobāre, from Latin re- + probāre to examine, approve1
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Word Origin and History for reproved



c.1300, from Old French reprover "accuse, blame" (12c.), from Late Latin reprobare "disapprove, reject, condemn" (see reprobate). Related: Reproved; reproving.

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