What does reliable mean?

Definitions for reliable
rɪˈlaɪ ə bəlre·li·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reliable, dependableadjective

    worthy of reliance or trust

    "a reliable source of information"; "a dependable worker"

  2. dependable, honest, reliable, true(p)adjective

    worthy of being depended on

    "a dependable worker"; "an honest working stiff"; "a reliable sourcSFLe of information"; "he was true to his word"; "I would be true for there are those who trust me"

  3. authentic, reliableadjective

    conforming to fact and therefore worthy of belief

    "an authentic account by an eyewitness"; "reliable information"


  1. reliablenoun

    Something or someone reliable

    the old reliables

    Etymology: From Scottish raliabill, itself from to rely + -able

  2. reliableadjective

    Suitable or fit to be relied on; worthy of dependence or reliance; trustworthy

    Etymology: From Scottish raliabill, itself from to rely + -able

  3. reliableadjective

    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

    Etymology: From Scottish raliabill, itself from to rely + -able

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reliableadjective

    suitable or fit to be relied on; worthy of dependance or reliance; trustworthy

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reliable

    rē-lī′a-bl, adj. that may be relied upon: trustworthy.—ns. Reliabil′ity, Relī′ableness.—adv. Relī′ably.—n. Relī′ance, trust: confidence.—adj. Relī′ant, confident in one's self. [Rely.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Reliable

    Consistently good in quality or performance; able to be trusted.

    A reliable source of information.

    Submitted by JP03 on December 25, 2014  
  2. reliable

    Able to be trusted.

    They were both so reliable, when they said they would arrive together they would and everyone knew it and loved their company.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  
  3. reliable

    Created from fact and truth.

    The journalism was reliable as we knew, could feel and see the truth of what was being conveyed.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reliable' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4052

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reliable' in Adjectives Frequency: #549

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reliable in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reliable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of reliable in a Sentence

  1. Nancy Pelosi:

    Reports of a reliable whistleblower complaint regarding the president's communications with a foreign leader raise grave, urgent concerns for our national security, if the president has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his administration and our democracy.

  2. Larsen Haidle:

    It was difficult for consumers to be able to determine how accurate the test result is, how reliable it is, and if you sent a test result to more than one lab you could easily get a different interpretation of your risk based on the same question, that was part of what prompted the whole concern in that era.

  3. Deroy Murdock:

    [The left] completely has turned the term racism into a punchline, they have gone beyond crying wolf. They have made the boy who cried wolf look like a stable and reliable character, and they totally made a mockery of the term and trivialized it to the point of ridicule.

  4. Henrietta Fore:

    Timely, reliable and disaggregated data, underpinned by a commitment to universal health coverage, can ensure that vulnerable women, children and young people get the care they need at the right place and the right time.

  5. Zhou Hao:

    Many traditionally reliable indicators such as power output and rail freight have shown a serious deviation from GDP growth, nobody knows what's the real economic growth.

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