reliable

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adjective

re·​li·​able ri-ˈlī-ə-bəl How to pronounce reliable (audio)
1
: suitable or fit to be relied on : dependable
2
: giving the same result on successive trials
reliableness noun
reliably adverb

reliable

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noun

: one that is reliable

Examples of reliable in a Sentence

Adjective He's not very reliable. You can't always count on him to do what he says he'll do. We can't write a report without reliable data. We need more reliable information before we can take action.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Bric’s By Ulisse 31-Inch Expandable Spinner Checked Luggage Longer trips call for a suitcase large enough to fit your essentials (and then some), and this expandable 31-inch bag from Bric’s by Ulisse is a reliable and spacious selection at 29 percent off. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 19 Feb. 2024 While most Republican leaders were lining up behind Adam Putnam—a reliable moderate who served as the state agriculture commissioner—Gaetz backed a relatively unknown congressman named Ron DeSantis. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 Virgos, on the other hand, are incredibly reliable, pragmatic and organized. Katie Mannion, Peoplemag, 18 Feb. 2024 There are scant few reliable and neutral indicators to show outsiders the true health of MLS, a reality that has only become more true since the league struck its 10-year, worldwide-streaming deal with Apple TV that started with the 2023 season. Ian Nicholas Quillen, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 Stick to what’s practical and deal only with reliable sources when making decisions. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 18 Feb. 2024 For some travelers, facial recognition has already become a reliable tool. Christine Chung, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 The former went from being a long-reliever to start the 2023 season to being one of the team’s more reliable starters down the stretch. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 It’s been a reliable place for dancing, too, with Nouveau Riche, Taint and the Peach Pit getting crowds moving to the latest sounds and retro hits. Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024
Noun
The 17-6 victory by Turner’s first Chargers team affirmed the old reliables about protecting the ball and not panicking. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Jan. 2024 Wood played many characters who were true-blue reliable, and others who were high-strung and neurotic. Tim Gray, Variety, 20 July 2023 But while newcomers may come and go, old reliables like Vieng Thai remain. Brooke Viggiano, Chron, 16 Feb. 2023 The old reliable is a classic cotton blanket. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 31 Jan. 2023 The old reliable is the trusty protein bar. Destin Demarion, Outdoor Life, 31 July 2020 And an old reliable in terms of comfy slip-ons — the storied Crocs Classic Clog — is on sale for just $25. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 25 Nov. 2022 The low-budget option is the definition of old reliable. Madison Yauger, PEOPLE.com, 21 July 2022 This old reliable is oil-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, and allergy-tested. ELLE, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reliable was in 1569

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Cite this Entry

“Reliable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reliable. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

reliable

adjective
re·​li·​able
ri-ˈlī-ə-bəl
: fit to be trusted : dependable
reliableness noun
reliably
-blē
adverb

Medical Definition

reliable

adjective
re·​li·​able ri-ˈlī-ə-bəl How to pronounce reliable (audio)
: giving the same result on successive trials
a reliable psychological test

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