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reliable

[ri-lahy-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. that may be relied on or trusted; dependable in achievement, accuracy, honesty, etc.: reliable information.

Origin of reliable

First recorded in 1560–70; rely + -able
Related formsre·li·a·bil·i·ty, re·li·a·ble·ness, nounre·li·a·bly, adverbnon·re·li·a·ble, adjectivenon·re·li·a·ble·ness, nounnon·re·li·a·bly, adverbqua·si-re·li·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-re·li·a·bly, adverbul·tra·re·li·a·ble, adjectiveul·tra·re·li·a·ble·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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trusty, authentic, consistent. Reliable, infallible, trustworthy apply to persons, objects, ideas, or information that can be depended upon with confident certainty. Reliable suggests consistent dependability of judgment, character, performance, or result: a reliable formula, judge, car, meteorologist. Infallible suggests the complete absence of error, breakdown, or poor performance: an infallible test, system, marksman. Trustworthy emphasizes the steady and honest dependability which encourages one's confidence, belief, or trust: trustworthy and accurate reports.

Antonyms

undependable, questionable, deceitful.
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  • I am reliably informed that there never was a bank in Granby.

  • I assert that only that has been reliably seen which has been drawn.

  • The application, therefore, can be valid only if the constancy of general conditions may be reliably assumed.

  • Name and word recall more quickly, reliably, and energetically the objects they stand for than do the objects their symbols.

  • I advise you to visit Ireland, sor, which I'm reliably informed is the centhral jewel in Europe's crown of beauty.


British Dictionary definitions for reliably

reliable

adjective
  1. able to be trusted; predictable or dependable
Derived Formsreliability or rare reliableness, nounreliably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for reliably

reliable

adj.

1560s, raliabill, Scottish; see rely + -able. Not common before 1850; and sometimes execrated thereafter in Britain as an Americanism because it involves a use of -able different from its use in provable, etc., but defended (by OED, Century Dictionary, etc.) on grounds of use of the suffix in available, laughable, etc.. Related: Reliably.

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