trust·​wor·​thy | \ ˈtrəst-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce trustworthy (audio) \

Definition of trustworthy

: worthy of confidence : dependable a trustworthy guide trustworthy information

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trustworthily \ ˈtrəst-​ˌwər-​t͟hə-​lē How to pronounce trustworthy (audio) \ adverb
trustworthiness noun

Examples of trustworthy in a Sentence

a trustworthy bodyguard who would never blab to the tabloids
Recent Examples on the Web This team might not be trustworthy, but Herbert continues to establish himself as one of the league’s best quarterbacks. C.j. Doon,, 23 Nov. 2021 Products without traceability or identity aren't trustworthy. Stephan Rabimov, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Leaders need to be authentic and trustworthy and signal that building relationships is important to them. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 But what is more difficult to understand is why AI algorithms may not be transparent, trustworthy and explainable. Jason H. Moore, Scientific American, 29 July 2021 American Standard has been in business for over 150 years and is generally considered a trustworthy and reliable brand. Nicole Gleichmann,, 20 May 2021 In other words, for Dean’s grassroots model of Covid tracking and testing to work, an entirely different system of health care—together with a trustworthy and transparent system of government oversight—would need to be in place first. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 11 May 2021 This legacy of fighting to be seen as trustworthy and deserving parents curled around the edges of my every interaction. Rebekah Taussig, Time, 28 Apr. 2021 Leaders are trustworthy and paradigms of integrity. Norman B. Gildin,, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of trustworthy

1658, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trustworthy was in 1658

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“Trustworthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of trustworthy

: able to be relied on to do or provide what is needed or right : deserving of trust


trust·​wor·​thy | \ ˈtrəst-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce trustworthy (audio) \

Kids Definition of trustworthy

: deserving faith and confidence

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trustworthiness noun



Legal Definition of trustworthy

: worthy of confidence specifically : being or deriving from a source worthy of belief or consideration for evidentiary purposes a trustworthy informant

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trustworthiness noun

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