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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
First recorded in 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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  • She being now reputably impresarioed, the Sempachs have shown her some civility.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • If die it must, let it die fairly, peacefully, and reputably.

  • Three bishops were enough for us; things went on decently and reputably.

    Egmont Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • 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
  • A little outburst of frenzy to a reputably handsome woman could be treated as the froth of a passing wave.

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

    The Fallen Leaves Wilkie Collins
  • This, sir, is the most incongruous report that has ever been received at these head-quarters, from a reputably sober officer.

  • Niccolo Maria Rossi was also reputably employed in the churches of Naples, and in the court itself.

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

  • 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
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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