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[ adjective ] worthy of reliance or trust

Synonyms

dependable

Examples

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

Used in print

(J. F. Vedder, "Micrometeorites", in Francis S. J...)

These vehicles , with large sensitive areas , have collected data for long enough times to give reliable impact rates for the periods of exposure .

There have been contradictory reports from 1958 Delta_2 , and the data quoted here are believed to be the more reliable .

(E. Gellhorn, "Prolegomena to a theory of the emotions"...)

The Mecholyl and noradrenalin tests applied with certain precautions are reliable indicators of this central autonomic balance , but for the sake of correlating autonomic and clinical states , and of studying the effect of certain therapeutic procedures on central autonomic reactions , additional tests seem to be desirable .

(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)

The value of the elections was lost , both as an experiment in increased political participation and as a reliable indicator of commercial interest , as shown in Table /1 , .

The registration figures given in Table 2 must be interpreted with caution since the estimate for eligible electors were made without the benefit of a reliable census .

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[ adjective ] worthy of being depended on

Examples

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

Related terms

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[ adjective ] conforming to fact and therefore worthy of belief

Synonyms

authentic faithful

Examples

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

Used in print

(John R. Sargent, "Where To Aim Your Planning for Bigger...)

Are there individuals in your organization who can shepherd a new product through to commercialization ; who can develop reliable estimates of sales volume , production , and distribution_costs ; and translate the whole into profit_and_loss and balance_sheet figures which management can act_on with some assurance ?

Related terms

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