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REPUTA'TION, noun [Latin reputatio.]

1. Good name; the credit, honor or character which is derived from a favorable public opinion or esteem. reputation is a valuable species of property or right, which should never be violated. With the loss of reputation a man and especially a woman, loses most of the enjoyments of life.

The best evidence of reputation is a man's whole life.

2. Character by report; in a good or bad sense; as, a man has the reputation of being rich or poor, or of being a thief.