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 disreputability (audio) \ noun
disreputableness \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈre-​pyə-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce disreputableness (audio) \ noun
disreputably \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈre-​pyə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce disreputably (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 The Aggies were banned from postseason play in 1991-92 and placed on two years probation because of a handful of NCAA violations, including Davis’s dealings with a disreputable street agent, following his quite-eventful season at A&M. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Aggies fight back from double-digit deficit to defeat Rebels," 7 Jan. 2020 Perhaps the best strategy for closing down disreputable zoos and tiger farms, suggested Mr. Wiek and Mr. Redford, would be to sterilize the inbred and mixed-breed tigers. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "Thailand Shuttered a Notorious Tiger Zoo, but the Problem Has Only Gotten Worse," 23 Sep. 2019 The Aggies were banned from postseason play in 1991-92 and placed on two years probation because of a handful of NCAA violations, including Davis’ dealings with a disreputable street agent. Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, "Texas A&M keeps old coach Kermit Davis winless in College Station," 7 Jan. 2020 The court should assert that the rational basis test does not require courts to be willfully oblivious of disreputable legislative motives. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: The land of the free and the home of the rent-seekers," 15 Aug. 2019 Washington pile-ons are never pretty, but this week’s political setup of Attorney General William Barr is disreputable even by Beltway standards. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Real Attorney General," 1 May 2019 Rojas and others said the flashy Ortiz was regularly seen around the capital at bars and clubs frequented by disreputable characters in a country long known for corruption, narcotrafficking and money laundering. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "David Ortiz shooting is called a case of mistaken identity. Many Dominicans are skeptical," 22 June 2019 The story showed that some Australian recycling was getting shipped to disreputable companies in Malaysia that were not actually recycling them. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, "Does all your recycling just go to a landfill? Nope," 20 June 2019 Gangs of unruly teens, roaming the streets with no respect for private property or public infrastructure, joined a disreputable cast of characters who had turned New York into a dystopian nightmare. Daisy Alioto, The New Republic, "How Graffiti Became Gentrified," 19 June 2019

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Disreputable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disreputable. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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