dis·​rep·​u·​ta·​ble | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈre-pyə-tə-bəl How to pronounce disreputable (audio) \

Definition of disreputable

: not reputable

Other Words from disreputable

disreputability \ (ˌ)dis-​ˌre-​pyə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce disreputable (audio) \ noun
disreputableness \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈre-​pyə-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce disreputable (audio) \ noun
disreputably \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈre-​pyə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce disreputable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of disreputable in a Sentence

a disreputable Internet retailer that had a record of hundreds of complaints for shoddy merchandise and slow refunds
Recent Examples on the Web O’Toole is on the board of the Charles Martel Society, which publishes a racist pseudo-academic journal with articles questioning the Holocaust and promoting disreputable theories about the genetic intelligence of Black people. al, 1 May 2022 The business of democracy once again seemed toxic, sludgy, and disreputable. Joel Mathis, The Week, 24 Mar. 2022 These barriers did not exist for the Jewish studio founders in the emerging film industry at the time, in part because the industry was considered by some as disreputable. Jonathan Greenblatt, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Mar. 2022 What’s most apt about Bullough’s butler analogy is the appearance of gray-flannel propriety, which can impart an aura of respectability to even the most disreputable fortune. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2022 But despite the faintly disreputable aura that clings to dream research, the phenomenon is inescapable for scientists seeking to understand the mind. Michael W. Clune, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 Energy Prices President Biden has written a ham-handed and transparently politically letter to the Federal Trade Commission, attempting to shift blame for rising energy prices to the disreputable Big Oil cabal. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 21 Nov. 2021 This means that the majority of our robocall pie chart is dominated by scammers and disreputable sales tactics. Chris Nicoli, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 It’s not unreasonable for Stripe to want to protect customers from scam artists or disreputable sellers. Meg Jones Wall, Wired, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of disreputable

circa 1726, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2022

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“Disreputable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disreputable. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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dis·​rep·​u·​ta·​ble | \ dis-ˈre-pyə-tə-bəl How to pronounce disreputable (audio) \

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: not respectable or honest disreputable business practices

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