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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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 Under the Democratic National Committee’s rules, candidates must have 130,000 unique donors spread across at least 20 states and poll above 2 percent in four reputable national surveys. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "This Is the Soul of the Democratic Party," 31 July 2019 Republicans ignored warnings from the Congressional Budget Office and other reputable economists that the tax cuts would not offset the deficit. Robert Costa, Anchorage Daily News, "Under Trump, GOP shrugs at deficit," 24 July 2019 Not only is this fictitious illness absent from reputable medical texts, periodicals, and websites, it's been debunked by prominent doctors. Christina Oehler,, "Is Blue Waffle Disease Real? Here’s What a Gynecologist Says," 23 July 2019 Depending on your comfort level and degree of travel autonomy, plan ahead and research reputable independent local tour operators for either group or private tours, or simply design your own itinerary and go it alone. Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Things You Should Never Do On a Cruise," 18 July 2019 Doody Always look for a rosé from a reputable winery or winemaker, hopefully one that has experience making rosé. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Your guide to becoming a rosé expert," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of reputable

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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not constant or steady

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