Want the real scoop on your favorite singer's latest romance? Then you should probably find a more reputable source than the tabloids — meaning someone with a better reputation, in this case for telling the truth.

That's the thing with reputable reputations. People know you can be trusted, that you're honest and not trying to pull one over on anybody. Reputable institutions usually have a history of excellent service or outstanding work, and always come highly recommended. Reputable used car salesmen may seem scarce. The word reputable actually has a good deal of reputability itself, since it's been in standard use since the 17th century.

Definitions of reputable
  1. adjective
    having a good reputation
    “a reputable business”
    “a reputable scientist”
    honorable, honourable
    worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect
    eminent, esteemed, honored, prestigious
    having an illustrious reputation; respected
    estimable, good, honorable, respectable
    deserving of esteem and respect
    worthy of respect or honor
    respected, well-thought-of
    receiving deferential regard
    time-honored, time-honoured
    acceptable for a long time
    characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals
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    lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance
    dishonorable, dishonourable
    lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor
    tending to bring discredit or disrepute; blameworthy
    damaged, discredited
    being unjustly brought into disrepute
    ill-famed, infamous, notorious
    known widely and usually unfavorably
    louche, shady
    of questionable taste or morality
    seamy, seedy, sleazy, sordid, squalid
    morally degraded
    unworthy of respect
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