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[rep-yuh-tuh-buh l] /ˈrɛp yə tə bəl/
held in good repute; honorable; respectable; estimable:
a reputable organization.
considered to be good or acceptable usage; standard:
reputable speech.
Origin of reputable
1605-15; repute + -able
Related forms
reputability, reputableness, noun
reputably, adverb
nonreputable, adjective
nonreputably, adverb
subreputable, adjective
subreputably, adverb
unreputable, adjective Unabridged
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  • Employments fall into a hierarchical gradation of reputability.

  • You see now why I requested you to investigate our reputability?

    The Rose Garden Husband Margaret Widdemer
  • The pecuniary employments have also the sanction of reputability in a much higher degree than the industrial employments.

  • Something, for instance, has already been said of its relation to the canons of reputability.

  • They were at first envious of his reputability, and that pleased him while it lasted.

    Pirate Gold Frederic Jesup Stimson
  • The canon of reputability is at hand and seizes upon such innovations as are, according to its standard, fit to survive.

  • Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.

  • This is more particularly true as regards valuation on grounds so closely related to the aesthetic ground as that of reputability.

  • And in addition to this, the devout observances also commend themselves to this class on the ground of reputability.

  • Elegant diction, whether in writing or speaking, is an effective means of reputability.

British Dictionary definitions for reputability


having a good reputation; honoured, trustworthy, or respectable
(of words) acceptable as good usage; standard
Derived Forms
reputability, noun
reputably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for reputability



1610s, from repute + -able. Meaning "having a good reputation" is from 1670s. Related: Reputably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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