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reliable

adjective re·li·able \ ri-ˈlī-ə-bəl \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of reliable

1 : suitable or fit to be relied on : dependable
2 : giving the same result on successive trials

reliableness

noun

reliably

play \ri-ˈlī-ə-blē\ adverb

Examples of reliable in a Sentence

  1. He's not very reliable. You can't always count on him to do what he says he'll do.

  2. We can't write a report without reliable data.

  3. We need more reliable information before we can take action.

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First Known Use of reliable

1569


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reliable

noun

Definition of reliable

: one that is reliable

Recent Examples of reliable from the Web

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First Known Use of reliable

1852


RELIABLE Defined for English Language Learners

reliable

adjective

Definition of reliable for English Language Learners

  • : able to be trusted to do or provide what is needed : able to be relied on

  • : able to be believed : likely to be true or correct


RELIABLE Defined for Kids

reliable

adjective re·li·able \ ri-ˈlī-ə-bəl \

Definition of reliable for Students

: fit to be trusted or relied on: dependable reliable information

reliably

\-blē\ adverb

Medical Dictionary

reliable

adjective re·li·able \ ri-ˈlī-ə-bəl \

medical Definition of reliable

: giving the same result on successive trials
  • a reliable psychological test


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