reliable


reliable
reliable, dependable, trustworthy, trusty, tried can be applied to persons, their utterances, views, methods, or instruments to mean having or manifesting qualities which merit confidence or trust.
Reliable describes what one can count upon not to fail in doing what is expected
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she is a very reliable servant

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one of the most reliable of our employees

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a reliable washing machine

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or to give or tell the exact truth
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a reliable work of reference

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reliable testimony

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Dependable is very close to reliable; it may suggest steadiness or trustworthiness in time of need or in an emergency
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ask a friend to recommend a dependable physician

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he is the most dependable of our friends

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a dependable source of information

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Dependable is also used merely as a descriptive term implying a character that is predictable or that is the antithesis of what is fickle or capricious
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Laura wasn't pretty, but . . . healthy-looking and dependableMary Austin

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A person or occasionally a thing is trustworthy that merits or has earned one's complete confidence in his or its soundness, integrity, veracity, discretion, or reliability
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a trustworthy confidant

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a trustworthy witness

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a trustworthy wife

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the most trustworthy comment on the text of the Gospels and the Epistles is to be found in the practice of the primitive Christians— Macaula

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Trusty applies to a person or thing that has been found by experience to be reliable and trustworthy
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a trusty guide

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a trusty servant

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or that has been found never to have failed one in need or in an emergency or that has been found dependable whenever needed
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his trusty sword— Spenser

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he wrapped the trusty garment about him— Cather

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Tried also stresses proved reliability, dependability, trustworthiness, or trustiness
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a tried and true friend

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a tried remedy

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a tried soldier

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his tried expedients— Bagehot

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Analogous words: *safe, secure: *infallible, inerrable, inerrant, unerring: cogent, *valid, sound, convincing, compelling, telling
Antonyms: dubious
Contrasted words: *doubtful, problematic, questionable

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