[ rep-ri-hen-suh-buhl ]
/ ˌrɛp rɪˈhɛn sə bəl /


deserving of reproof, rebuke, or censure; blameworthy.

Origin of reprehensible

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin reprehēnsibilis, equivalent to Latin reprehēns(us) (past participle of reprehendere to reprehend) + -ibilis -ible
SYNONYMS FOR reprehensible
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British Dictionary definitions for un-reprehensible


/ (ˌrɛprɪˈhɛnsəbəl) /


open to criticism or rebuke; blameworthy
Derived Formsreprehensibility or reprehensibleness, nounreprehensibly, adverb

Word Origin for reprehensible

C14: from Late Latin reprehensibilis, from Latin reprehendere to hold back, reprove; see reprehend
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Word Origin and History for un-reprehensible



late 14c., from Old French reprehensible (14c.) or directly from Late Latin reprehensibilis, from reprehens-, past participle stem of Latin reprehendere (see reprehend). Related: Reprehensibly; reprehensibility.

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