unreliable

[uhn-ri-lahy-uh-buhl]

adjective

not reliable; not to be relied or depended on.

Nearby words

  1. unregistered,
  2. unregulated,
  3. unrehearsed,
  4. unrelated,
  5. unrelenting,
  6. unrelieved,
  7. unreligious,
  8. unremarkable,
  9. unremarked,
  10. unremitted

Origin of unreliable

First recorded in 1830–40; un-1 + reliable

Related formsun·re·li·a·bil·i·ty, un·re·li·a·ble·ness, nounun·re·li·a·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for unreliable

unreliable

adjective

not reliable; untrustworthyan unreliable witness
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Word Origin and History for unreliable

unreliable

adj.

1840, from un- (1) "not" + reliable. First recorded in De Quincey, who said it was coined by Coleridge.

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