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

Definition of reputable

1 : enjoying good repute : held in esteem
2 : employed widely or sanctioned by good writers

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reputability \ ˌre-​pyə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce reputability (audio) \ noun
reputably \ ˈre-​pyə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce reputably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of reputable in a Sentence

make sure you buy your used car from a reputable dealer

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Several charter operators have described Truth Aquatics as a reputable and safety-conscious company. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, "How could a fire incinerate a 75-foot dive boat so fast?," 3 Sep. 2019 Mexican and California fan palms look similar, so deal with reputable nurseries and check the label carefully before buying. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Want to grow palm trees? These choices actually tolerate cold and shade," 26 Aug. 2019 Improving a university’s appeal through more reputable means is hard, but not impossible. The Economist, "The winners and losers of England’s great university free-for-all," 22 Aug. 2019 But his denial of Shakespeare’s authorship is founded on a conspiracy theory that no reputable Shakespeare scholar countenances. Elizabeth C. Gorski, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 19 Aug. 2019 The presentation covers traveling on a budget using the Internet and discusses how to book travel on land and sea using reputable online travel companies and how to use the web to tailor a vacation to your taste. San Diego Union-Tribune, "11-Year old spearheads fundraising effort for Operation HOPE," 16 Aug. 2019 But the targets of campus outrage have often been reputable, serious thinkers. The Economist, "The global gag on free speech is tightening," 17 Aug. 2019 The Harvard researchers found that YouTube’s systems frequently directed users who searched for information on Zika, or even those who watched a reputable video on health issues, toward conspiracy channels. Amanda Taub, New York Times, "How YouTube Radicalized Brazil," 11 Aug. 2019 Deal only with reputable firms and check out the company with BBB first at Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Lock down key guidelines for security companies," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of reputable

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reputable was in 1659

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English Language Learners Definition of reputable

: respected and trusted by most people : having a good reputation


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

Kids Definition of reputable

: having a good reputation a reputable business

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concealment of treason or felony

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