- not reliable; not to be relied or depended on.
Origin of unreliable
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undependable, irresponsible, untrustworthy.
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Examples from the Web for unreliability
Tom LeClair on a confusing mix of neuroscience, George W. Bush, and unreliability.The Brain Man: What is E. L. Doctorow Up to?
January 13, 2014
The 2012 unilateral operation against bin Laden was the right call given the unreliability of our Pakistani ally.The Essential Spy Guide
Henry A. Crumpton
May 2, 2013
Roosevelt himself was much annoyed by this unreliability of the mob.The American Credo
George Jean Nathan
Who has not heard the lament about the unreliability of the senses?The Positive Outcome of Philosophy
All this was done to show the unreliability of circumstantial evidence.The Crime of the Century
Henry M. Hunt
These gave the horse the reputation of capriciousness and unreliability.Clever Hans
The Persian post is only exceeded in 167 unreliability by the Persian telegraph.Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, Volume II (of 2)
Isabella L. Bird
- not reliable; untrustworthyan unreliable witness
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Word Origin and History for unreliability
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