Definition of reprehensible in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌreprəˈhensəb(ə)l/


Deserving censure or condemnation: his complacency and reprehensible laxity
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  • That the tragedy and those at its center should be exploited for ratings and political gain is not just wrong - it's reprehensible.
  • All this frivolity works well in supporting a movie that, by its nature, falls into university cliches except for the refreshing fact that its characters are more reprehensible than usual.
  • Magee argues that Wagner's anti-Semitism, though reprehensible, was not mirrored in his work, but his extenuations have the tone of a capable defense attorney pleading for us to exercise reasonable doubt.
deplorable, disgraceful, discreditable, despicable, blameworthy, culpable, wrong, bad, shameful, dishonorable, objectionable, opprobrious, repugnant, inexcusable, unforgivable, indefensible, unjustifiable;
criminal, sinful, scandalous, iniquitous
formal exceptionable



Pronunciation: /-ˌhensəˈbilətē/
Example sentences
  • Attempting to prove the legal reprehensibility of the enemy can only result in entangling one's own forces in the very litigation one is attempting to impose on the enemy.
  • Under this definition of ‘reprehensibility,’ the reprehensibility of that fraud should be measured against the potential harm to everyone the defendant tried to harm or exposed to injury through its reckless conduct.
  • Its reprehensibility apart, this form of control is hardly enforceable in the long run, given that women's collection activities are necessary for household subsistence.


Pronunciation: /ˌreprəˈhensəblē/
Example sentences
  • The chance of disaster was appreciably high and you voluntarily and reprehensibly took that risk with its terrible consequences.
  • Yet it has been given spurious credibility by talking heads on television, by jargonising think-tanks, by politicians and, most reprehensibly, by complicit academics in quest of knighthoods and patronage.
  • It's morally reprehensibly and against all the foundations of a civil society to allow people who have not been tried, charged or otherwise told why they've been detained to be kept without release.


Late Middle English: from late Latin reprehensibilis, from reprehens- 'rebuked', from the verb reprehendere (see reprehend).

  • prison from Old English:

    This comes via Old French from Latin prehendere ‘to seize’. Prehendere is a rich source of English words, being found, amongst many, in apprehend (late 16th century), comprehend (late 16th century); prehensile (late 18th century); and reprehensible (Late Middle English). A shortening of prehendere lies behind praedari ‘plunder’ and praeda ‘booty’, which lie behind depredation (Late Middle English); predatory [L16]; and prey (Middle English).

Words that rhyme with reprehensible

apprehensible, comprehensible, defensible, distensible, extensible, ostensible, sensible

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Syllabification: rep·re·hen·si·ble

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