Definition of reliable in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈlʌɪəb(ə)l/


Consistently good in quality or performance; able to be trusted: a reliable source of information
More example sentences
  • In fact, when you look closely, the Net is not a very reliable source of information at all.
  • It takes long enough to track down a reliable set of information sources for domestic companies anyway.
  • The attempt will be to project Kerala as reliable supplier of quality flowers to Europe.
dependable, good, well founded, well grounded, authentic, definitive, attested, valid, genuine, from the horse's mouth, sound, true;
British  copper-bottomed
truthful, honest
dependable, safe, fail-safe, tried and tested, well built, well engineered, good
reputable, dependable, trustworthy, honest, responsible, established, proven, stable, sound, solid, secure, safe, safe as houses


(usually reliables)
A reliable person or thing: the supporting cast includes old reliables like Mitchell
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  • They'll instantly transform your old reliables into new stunners.
  • There's very little on the menu that will have you rushing home to experiment, but there are plenty of old reliables and comfort food.
  • There are no new programmes - it's the old reliables, the same cannon fodder across the board.



Pronunciation: /rɪˈlʌɪəblnəs/
Example sentences
  • Of course, these proxies for reliableness - links, market evaluation, geographic proximity - wouldn't be perfect.
  • Examples are given to show how failure to consider accuracy and reliableness may lead to erroneous conclusions.
  • Please note that we have not made any tests to prove the reliableness of the suppliers.

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Line breaks: re|li¦able

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