reliable


reliable
[[t]rɪla͟ɪ͟əb(ə)l[/t]]
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1) ADJ-GRADED People or things that are reliable can be trusted to work well or to behave in the way that you want them to.

She was efficient and reliable...

Japanese cars are so reliable.

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reliably [[t]rɪla͟ɪ͟əbli[/t]] ADV-GRADED

It's been working reliably for years.

reliability [[t]rɪla͟ɪ͟əbɪ̱lɪti[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

He's not at all worried about his car's reliability.

2) ADJ-GRADED Information that is reliable or that is from a reliable source is very likely to be correct.

There is no reliable information about civilian casualties...

It's very difficult to give a reliable estimate...

We have reliable sources.

Derived words:
reliably ADV-GRADED

Sonia, we are reliably informed, loves her family very much.

reliability N-UNCOUNT

Both questioned the reliability of recent opinion polls.


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