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

adj having a good reputation

“a reputable business”
“a reputable scientist”
“a reputable wine”
honorable, honourable
worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect
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
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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