rep·​u·​ta·​tion | \ ˌre-pyə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce reputation (audio) \

Definition of reputation

1a : overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general
b : recognition by other people of some characteristic or ability has the reputation of being clever
2 : a place in public esteem or regard : good name trying to protect his reputation

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reputational \ ˌre-​pyə-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce reputation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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For reputation, the attainment of lexical esteem begins in 14th-century Middle English in the character of reputacion, which is a borrowing of an Anglo-French word with meanings similar to the English word (referring to such things as celebrity, distinction, good name, or estimation of character). The Anglo-French is from Latin reputation-, reputatio, meaning "consideration," and ultimately from reputare, "to reckon up or to think over." That Latinate verb couples the well-known "again" prefix re- with the verb putare ("to reckon"). Renowned celebrities of the putare family are the verb repute ("to believe or consider"), the identical noun (synonymous with reputation), the adjectives reputable and reputed, and the adverb reputedly. Other putare cousins of notoriety are disputedisreputableimputation, and putative, along with their kin.

Examples of reputation in a Sentence

He has earned a reputation as a first-class playwright. a teacher with a reputation for patience Poor customer service has ruined the company's reputation.
Recent Examples on the Web The search for new revenue is part of the next chapter at CNN under Licht, where the focus, at least for now, is more on refreshing the network’s reputation than on jump-starting its ratings. Gerry Smith, Anchorage Daily News, 20 June 2022 Maldonado already knew McLeod — not well, but definitely by reputation. Marisa Kabas, Rolling Stone, 19 June 2022 Keep in mind Nexstar’s reputation for being tight with a dollar. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 June 2022 The university’s enhanced reputation has helped attract star faculty, snag big research grants, and boosted graduates’ job prospects. Alexander Thompson,, 19 June 2022 Legislative aides for several senators, including Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.), said the NSSF’s opposition was meaningful because the group doesn’t have an obstructionist reputation on the Hill. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, 18 June 2022 But the loss of reputation during a trial was also a big factor that discouraged divorce. Rachel Gevlin, The Conversation, 17 June 2022 Hooters’ reputation has long been tainted, plainly, on the fact that ‘Hooters Girls’ (the chain’s monikered waitresses) wear short shorts and low-cut tops. Lela London, Forbes, 17 June 2022 With the Celsius brand in tatters and the CEL token now trading at 60 cents, 93% lower than its all-time high of $8 one year ago, the company has the daunting task of regaining a reputation built during the previous bull market. Fortune, 16 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reputation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for reputation

Middle English reputacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin reputation-, reputatio consideration, from reputare

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“Reputation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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rep·​u·​ta·​tion | \ ˌre-pyə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce reputation (audio) \

Kids Definition of reputation

1 : overall quality or character as judged by people in general The car has a good reputation.
2 : notice by other people of some quality or ability … the house had a reputation for being haunted.— Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time



Legal Definition of reputation

: overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general within a community — see also character evidence at evidence, reputation testimony at testimony

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