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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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  • You have, from a worthless and idle vagabond, metamorphosed me into a reputable and honest man.

  • It stood at the corner of a reputable square, and was like any ordinary house on the outside.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • How it is that the British sportsman has become the dupe of certain men who set themselves up for reputable gunmakers I know not.

    Gunnery in 1858 William Greener
  • He had failed as a reputable privateer, and his first attempt at piracy had failed.

  • As a matter of fact, the evening grosbeak goes to bed at dark, like all other respectable, reputable birds.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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