[ rep-yuh-tuh-buhl ]
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  1. held in good repute; honorable; respectable; estimable: a reputable organization.

  2. considered to be good or acceptable usage; standard: reputable speech.

Origin of reputable

First recorded in 1605–15; repute + -able

Other words from reputable

  • rep·u·ta·bil·i·ty, rep·u·ta·ble·ness, noun
  • rep·u·ta·bly, adverb
  • non·rep·ut·a·ble, adjective
  • non·rep·ut·a·bly, adverb
  • sub·rep·u·ta·ble, adjective
  • sub·rep·u·ta·bly, adverb
  • un·rep·u·ta·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use reputable in a sentence

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

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

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

  • But the requirements of pecuniary reputability and those of beauty in the naive sense do not in any appreciable degree coincide.

  • The pecuniary employments have also the sanction of reputability in a much higher degree than the industrial employments.

British Dictionary definitions for reputable


/ (ˈrɛpjʊtəbəl) /

  1. having a good reputation; honoured, trustworthy, or respectable

  2. (of words) acceptable as good usage; standard

Derived forms of reputable

  • reputability, noun
  • reputably, adverb

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