[ri-lahy-uh-buh l] /rɪˈlaɪ ə bəl/

that may be on or trusted; dependable in achievement, accuracy, honesty, etc.:
reliable information.
able to be trusted; predictable or dependable

1560s, raliabill, Scottish; see rely + -able. Not common before 1850; and sometimes execrated thereafter in Britain as an Americanism because it involves a use of -able different from its use in provable, etc., but defended (by OED, Century Dictionary, etc.) on grounds of use of the suffix in available, laughable, etc.. Related: Reliably.


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