Deserving rebuke or censure: "Few legal codes were as reprehensible as the Jim Crow laws" (Pete Bodo).
[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin reprehēnsibilis, from Latin reprehēnsus, past participle of reprehendere, to reprehend; see REPREHEND.]
rep′re·hen′si·bili·ty, rep′re·hensi·ble·ness n.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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