Reliable meaning

rĭ-lī'ə-bəl
The definition of reliable is dependable or capable of being trusted.

An example of reliable is a punctual mail carrier.

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Capable of being relied on; dependable.

A reliable assistant; a reliable car.

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Something or someone reliable or dependable.

The old reliables.

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Yielding the same or compatible results in different clinical experiments or statistical trials.
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(signal processing, of a communication protocol) Such that either a sent packet will reach its destination, even if it requires retransmission, or the sender will be told that it didn't.
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That can be relied on; dependable; trustworthy.
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Suitable or fit to be relied on; worthy of dependence or reliance; trustworthy.

A reliable witness to the truth of the miracles. -- Andrews Norton.

The best means, and most reliable pledge, of a higher object. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

According to General Livingston's humorous account, his own village of Elizabethtown was not much more reliable, being peopled in those agitated times by unknown, unrecommended strangers, guilty-looking Tories, and very knavish Whigs. --Washington Irving.

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Origin of reliable

  • From Scottish raliabill, itself from to rely + -able
    From Wiktionary