Reprehensible refers to behavior or actions that are deserving of criticism or disapproval, usually because they are morally or ethically wrong.


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Part of Speech



Disgraceful, shameful, inexcusable, blameworthy, condemnable, censurable, objectionable, offensive


Admirable, praiseworthy, laudable, commendable

Word Forms

Part of Speech Words
Noun reprehensions, reprehensibility, reprehensibilities, reprehension
Verb reprehended, reprehends, reprehending, reprehend
Adjective reprehensible
Adverb reprehensibly

Example Sentences

  • His behavior towards his employees was absolutely reprehensible, and I refuse to work with him any longer.

  • It is reprehensible for anyone to use their power and influence to exploit others for personal gain.

  • The company’s actions towards the environment have been deemed reprehensible by environmental activists.

  • The government’s lack of action on important issues is truly reprehensible.


The word reprehensible is often used to express strong disapproval or condemnation towards someone’s actions or behavior. It is commonly used in formal settings or in serious discussions where it is important to convey the severity of the situation. The word can be used in a variety of contexts, including in relation to personal behavior, corporate practices, political actions, and social issues.

The root of the word reprehensible is “reprehendere,” which is a Latin word meaning “to blame” or “to criticize.” This root has also given rise to other related words in English such as reprehend, reprehension, and reprehensively.

In some cases, the prefix “ir” can be added to the word reprehensible to create the word “irreprehensible,” which means “not deserving of blame or criticism.” This word is often used in legal or ethical contexts to describe actions or behaviors that are not deserving of punishment or condemnation.