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

Definition of disreputable

: not reputable

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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 In the '60s, comics was a fledgling industry, even disreputable. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "'The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee': Absorbing bio details dismantles myths surrounding Marvel comics icon," 18 Feb. 2021 Did his theoretical brilliance counter the weight of disreputable rages? New York Times, "Obscure Musicology Journal Sparks Battles Over Race and Free Speech," 14 Feb. 2021 Vamos said British courts have blocked extradition to countries with disreputable courts, such as Russia, and others with inhumane and degrading prisons. Washington Post, "British judge set to rule on extradition of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange to U.S.," 3 Jan. 2021 But industry watchers say government support has helped the startup world shed a once-disreputable image and take on a measure of Silicon Valley cool. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "Japan Plays Catch-Up in Venture Capital as Rivals Boom," 26 Dec. 2020 Johns Hopkins University's reckoning comes as other schools also come to terms with disreputable parts of their history. Paul Best, Fox News, "Johns Hopkins University reckons with history, reveals founder owned multiple slaves," 10 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, a tie-up with Cantor would be a feather in the startup’s cap and go a long way toward legitimizing a crypto industry many still saw as disreputable. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Wall Street culture clash: When Coinbase met Cantor Fitzgerald," 3 Dec. 2020 Even as the first video game generation hits middle age, the idea of adult participation is still seen as vaguely disreputable, or simply beyond the cohort's abilities. Tom Vanderbilt, Wired, "‘Wait, Sylvie’s Dad Plays?!’ The Joy of Fortnite Parenting," 19 Oct. 2020 Such life-changing operations done without consent or clear communication from the medical provider are the stuff of horror shows — or of other disreputable times in U.S. history. Editorial Mankato Free Press, Star Tribune, "Allegations of secretive surgeries in Georgia are horrific," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of disreputable

circa 1726, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disreputable was circa 1726

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24 Feb 2021

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“Disreputable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disreputable. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disreputable

formal : not respected or trusted by most people : having a bad reputation


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

Kids Definition of disreputable

: not respectable or honest disreputable business practices

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