|1.||The estimation in which one is held; character in public opinion; the character attributed to a person, thing, or action; repute.|
|2.||(Law) The character imputed to a person in the community in which he lives. It is admissible in evidence when he puts his character in issue, or when such reputation is otherwise part of the issue of a case.|
|3.||Specifically: Good reputation; favorable regard; public esteem; general credit; good name.|
|Noun||1.||reputation - the state of being held in high esteem and honor|
|2.||reputation - notoriety for some particular characteristic; "his reputation for promiscuity"|
|3.||reputation - the general estimation that the public has for a person; "he acquired a reputation as an actor before he started writing"; "he was a person of bad report"|
REPUTATION, evidence. The opinion generally entertained by persons who know
another, as to his character, (q.v.) or it is the opinion generally
entertained by person; who know a family as to its pedigree, and the like.
2. In general, reputation is evidence to prove, 1st. A man's character in society. 2d. A pedigree. (q.v.) 3d. Certain prescriptive or customary rights and obligations and matters of public notoriety. (q.v.) But as such evidence is in its own nature very weak, it must be supported. 1st. When it relates to the exercise of the right or privilege, by proof of acts of enjoyment of such right or privilege, within the period of living memory; 1 Maule & Selw. 679; 5 T. R. 32; afterwards evidence of reputation may be given. 2d. The fact must be of a public nature. 3d. It must be derived from persons likely to know the facts. 4th. The facts must be general and, not particular. 5th. They must be free from suspicion. 1 Stark. Ev. 54 to 65. Vide 1 Har. & M'H. 152; 2 Nott & M'C. 114 5 Day, R. 290; 4 Hen. & M. 507; 1 Tayl. R. 121; 2 Hayw. 3; 8 S. & R. 159; 4 John. R. 52; 18 John. R. 346; 9 Mass. R. 414; 4 Burr. 2057; Dougl. 174; Cowp. 594; 3 Swanst. 400; Dudl. So. Car. R. 346; and arts. Character; Memory.