reliable

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Etymology[edit]

From Scottish raliabill, itself from to rely + -able

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: rĭ-līʹə-bəl, IPA(key): /ɹɪˈlaɪəbəl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪəbəl

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reliable (comparative more reliable, superlative most reliable)

  1. Suitable or fit to be relied on; worthy of dependence, reliance or trust; dependable, trustworthy
    • 1855, Andrews Norton, Internal Evidences of the Genuineness of the Gospels
      a reliable witness to the truth of the miracles
    • February 18, 1800, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Report on Mr. Pitt's Speech in Parliament of February 17, 1800, on the Continuance of the War with France (published in The Morning Post)
      the best means, and the most reliable pledge, of a higher object
    • 1855–1859, Washington Irving, The Life of George Washington:
      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.
  2. (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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reliable (plural reliables)

  1. Something or someone reliable or dependable
    the old reliables

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