rep·​u·​ta·​tion | \ˌre-pyə-ˈtā-shən \

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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Other Words from reputation

reputational \ ˌre-​pyə-​ˈtā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for reputation


character, fame, mark, name, note, odor, rep [slang], report, repute

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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.
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In the past year or so, a string of Japanese companies have admitted to manipulating quality inspections, damaging Japan’s global reputation for producing high-quality products. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Nissan Admits Emissions-Test Data Was Falsified," 9 July 2018 Two heavyweight knockout artists, both with a reputation for violent finishes. Ben Fowlkes, USA TODAY, "Derrick Lewis beats Francis Ngannou in surprising heavyweight snooze-fest at UFC 226," 8 July 2018 Thomas, who won the Big East’s defensive player of the year award for two straight seasons, came into the game with a defensive reputation. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons summer league: Why Khyri Thomas has defensive mindset," 7 July 2018 Peyer — a 13-year veteran with a reputation as an exemplary officer —became the first highway patrolman ever to be convicted of murder in California., "June 23, 1988: Peyer is guilty," 23 June 2018 Such moves are surprising because as a former Republican congressman from Oklahoma, Mr. Bridenstine arrived with a reputation many agency insiders predicted would prompt wholesale programmatic and policy shifts. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Donald Trump to Host Space-Policy Council Promoting Commercial Ventures," 16 June 2018 Nixon came to office with a reputation as a scourge of communism. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump's toughness on Russia judged against his predecessors," 9 June 2018 And Libava said that with its reputation for high-quality food and strong customer service, Chick-Fil-A in many ways earned its standing. Rachel Siegel, ajc, "Why it’s harder to get a Chick-Fil-A franchise than it is to get in to Harvard," 7 June 2018 And Libava said that with its reputation for high-quality food and strong customer service, Chick-Fil-A in many ways earned its standing. Rachel Siegel,, "Getting a Chick-Fil-A franchise is harder than getting into Harvard," 7 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of reputation

: the common opinion that people have about someone or something : the way in which people think of someone or something


rep·​u·​ta·​tion | \ˌre-pyə-ˈtā-shən \

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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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