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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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  • Such things as could be said for him were said,—how he had taken to industrious habits, and had thriven lawfully and reputably.

    Great Expectations Charles Dickens
  • She being now reputably impresarioed, the Sempachs have shown her some civility.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • Gentle blood may be transmitted without goods enough to afford a reputably free consumption at one's ease.

  • If die it must, let it die fairly, peacefully, and reputably.

  • He could get her reputably and profitably employed, in work which a young girl might undertake.

    The Fallen Leaves Wilkie Collins
  • Three bishops were enough for us; things went on decently and reputably.

    Egmont Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • Any useful business ought to be reputable, which is reputably followed.

    The Young Man's Guide William A. Alcott
  • This, sir, is the most incongruous report that has ever been received at these head-quarters, from a reputably sober officer.

  • His own father was supposed to smoke but once a week, on Sunday, and then a cigar such as even a male Bunker might reputably burn.

    Bunker Bean Harry Leon Wilson
  • Niccolo Maria Rossi was also reputably employed in the churches of Naples, and in the court itself.

British Dictionary definitions for reputably


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 reputably



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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