Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of being relied on; dependable: a reliable assistant; a reliable car.
  • adj. Yielding the same or compatible results in different clinical experiments or statistical trials.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Suitable or fit to be relied on; worthy of dependence or reliance; trustworthy
  • adj. 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
  • n. Something or someone reliable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Suitable or fit to be relied on; worthy of dependance or reliance; trustworthy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That may be relied on; fit or worthy to be relied on; worthy of reliance; to be depended on; trustworthy.
  • Synonyms Trustworthy, trusty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. conforming to fact and therefore worthy of belief
  • adj. worthy of reliance or trust
  • adj. worthy of being depended on

Etymologies

From Scottish raliabill, itself from to rely + -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Terry Cunha says it's just better for America to get more of its oil from what he calls a reliable neighbor.

    An Oil Pipeline From Canada? Some Say 'No Way'

  • Would not surprise me at all, however, I can state from personal experience that at least 1 of the big 3 U.S. car makers withhold data from these "black boxes" & have heard stories, from what I call reliable sources, that they have even gone to storage areas to remove them if a death was involved.

    Is Toyota hiding crash data?

  • They say will make it easier for small groups and individuals to buy what they call reliable insurance that these people will be able to trust.

    CNN Transcript Oct 15, 2009

  • She knew little about finance, so when a broker offered what he called a reliable venture with a modest return, she put the sum into two limited partnerships that invested primarily in real estate.

    Getting Rolled In 'Rollups'

  • Kuwait-based Arab Times Editor-in-chief Ahmed al-Jarallah cites what he calls a reliable source saying a military strike against Iranian oil and nuclear facilities is planned before April to be launched from warships in the Persian Gulf that grow in number and readiness.

    A Review of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe

  • They're considering a system that would allow what they call reliable hearsay evidence in the trials when prosecuting terror suspects.

    CNN Transcript Jul 26, 2006

  • ZAHN: Mr. Atwan, let's come back a moment to what you describe as your reliable sources.

    CNN Transcript Jul 16, 2002

  • Algiers, the Algerian newspaper El Watan said, quoting what it called reliable sources.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Former MEK spokesman Alireza Jafarzadeh, citing what he called reliable sources inside Iran, said that the explosion hit the Modarres Garrison of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps west of Tehran.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • Former Mujahedin-e Khalq spokesman Alireza Jafarzadeh, citing what he called reliable sources inside Iran, said that the explosion hit the Modarres Garrison of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps west of Tehran.

    The Seattle Times

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