1. [syn: faithfully, dependably, reliably]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Reliable \Re*li"a*ble\ (r?-l?"?-b'l), a.
Suitable or fit to be relied on; worthy of dependance or
reliance; trustworthy. "A reliable witness to the truth of
the miracles." --A. Norton.
The best means, and most reliable pledge, of a higher
According to General Livingston's humorous account, his
own village of Elizabethtown was not much more
reliable, being peopled in those agitated times by
"unknown, unrecommended strangers, guilty-looking
Tories, and very knavish Whigs." --W. Irving.
Note: Some authors take exception to this word, maintaining
that it is unnecessary, and irregular in formation. It
is, however, sanctioned by the practice of many careful
writers as a most convenient substitute for the phrase
to be relied upon, and a useful synonym for
trustworthy, which is by preference applied to persons,
as reliable is to things, such as an account,
statement, or the like. The objection that adjectives
derived from neuter verbs do not admit of a passive
sense is met by the citation of laughable, worthy of
being laughed at, from the neuter verb to laugh;
available, fit or able to be availed of, from the
neuter verb to avail; dispensable, capable of being
dispensed with, from the neuter verb to dispense. Other
examples might be added.
[1913 Webster] -- Re*li"a*ble*ness, n. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: in a faithful manner; "it always came on, faithfully,
like the radio" [syn: faithfully, dependably,
reliably] [ant: undependably, unfaithfully,