Definition of reprehensible in English:


Line breaks: rep¦re¦hen|sible
Pronunciation: /ˌrɛprɪˈhɛnsɪb(ə)l




Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
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  • 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.


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  • 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).

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