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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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Examples from the web for reputable
  • Honest, reputable and good businessmen will have nothing to do with money laundering.
  • No reputable economic theory justifies this bleeding.
  • The reputable parts of the industry are at the forefront of much technological and organizational innovation.
  • It has since mutated into an annual ordeal for reputable universities.
  • Many reputable breeders are now using genetic tests to ensure they produce animals free from diseases that muddy their breed.
  • Contact a museum or reputable antique dealer about it.
  • Stacey was emphatic that she had actually been told this by a reputable professor.
  • All reputable studies show that eating less and exercising reduces weight.
  • reputable recyclers will properly scrap unusable electronics, though they sometimes charge a small fee.
  • No reputable medical marijuana supplier deals to kids.
British Dictionary definitions for reputable


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 reputable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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