rep·​u·​ta·​ble | \ˈre-pyə-tə-bəl \

Definition of reputable 

1 : enjoying good repute : held in esteem

2 : employed widely or sanctioned by good writers

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Other Words from reputable

reputability \ ˌre-​pyə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
reputably \ ˈre-​pyə-​tə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of reputable in a Sentence

make sure you buy your used car from a reputable dealer

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The royal family commentator and staunch defender of the British monarchy has appeared in some of Britain's most reputable outlets, including the BBC and the Economist. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "‘British’ commentator who dominated royal wedding coverage exposed as Tommy from New York," 1 June 2018 As Facebook figures out the best way to fight the onslaught of fake news, the company is still trying to figure out the right way to highlight legitimate stories from reputable news outlets. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Facebook 'trending' section is dead as company offers new approach to breaking news," 1 June 2018 Also, essential oil capsules (at the recommendation of a reputable practitioner!) are the only kind of essential oils that should ever be traveling down your throat. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "6 Times You Should Never Use Essential Oils," 12 Jan. 2017 Realtors also have a great network that includes all kinds of reputable and responsible professionals who’ll have an important role in the transaction, such as attorneys, mortgage brokers, contractors, etc. Desiree Lira, miamiherald, "Buying a home is not like purchasing a plane ticket, and selling a property is not like selling a car," 25 June 2018 Of course, Twitter accounts of reputable news organizations aren’t among the estimated 1 million per day the platform is purging. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump wants Twitter to delete the New York Times’ and the Washington Post’s accounts.," 7 July 2018 Data for the study came from a variety of reputable sources, such as the U.S. Census Bureau and Council for Community and Economic Research. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Atlanta ranks among best cities in America for recreation," 6 July 2018 Be app-savvy: Only download apps from trusted, reputable sources. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Your life is on your smartphone. These 8 steps can keep cyberthieves out," 5 July 2018 There are some other reasons that are a bit less reputable: Military facilities can be easily sequestered from the prying eyes of the news media, immigration and civil-liberties lawyers, and political activists. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Navy Is Planning Tent Cities for Undocumented Immigrants," 22 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of reputable

: having a good reputation a reputable business

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