[rep-yuh-tuh-buh l]


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 formsrep·u·ta·bil·i·ty, rep·u·ta·ble·ness, nounrep·u·ta·bly, adverbnon·rep·ut·a·ble, adjectivenon·rep·ut·a·bly, adverbsub·rep·u·ta·ble, adjectivesub·rep·u·ta·bly, adverbun·rep·u·ta·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reputably

Historical Examples of reputably

  • 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for reputably



having a good reputation; honoured, trustworthy, or respectable
(of words) acceptable as good usage; standard
Derived Formsreputability, nounreputably, 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