reliable

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From Scottish raliabill, itself from to rely + -able

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reliable (comparative more reliable, superlative most reliable)

  1. 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.
  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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