un·​re·​li·​able ˌən-ri-ˈlī-ə-bəl How to pronounce unreliable (audio)
: not reliable : undependable, untrustworthy
an unreliable friend
an unreliable source of funding
an unreliable car
unreliability noun
the unreliability of the data
a person with a reputation for unreliability
unreliably adverb
a method that works unreliably

Examples of unreliable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Denver apartments’ unreliable water taps, roach infestations and overflowing garbage spur change in Colorado law But the ballot measures may not be a slam dunk. Nick Coltrain, The Denver Post, 15 May 2024 Our deliverance — America’s deliverance — is education, education, and more education to emancipate the poor from dependency upon unreliable government. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 12 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for unreliable 

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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unreliable was in 1810

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“Unreliable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreliable. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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