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UNRELIABLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unreliable mean? 

UNRELIABLE (adjective)
  The adjective UNRELIABLE has 4 senses:

1. liable to be erroneous or misleading
2. not worthy of reliance or trust
3. dangerously unstable and unpredictable
4. lacking a sense of responsibility

  Familiarity information: UNRELIABLE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNRELIABLE (adjective)


Sense 1unreliable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Liable to be erroneous or misleading

Synonyms:

unreliable; undependable

Context example:

an undependable generalization

Similar:

fallible (likely to fail or make errors)


Sense 2unreliable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not worthy of reliance or trust

Synonyms:

undependable; unreliable

Context examples:

in the early 1950s computers were large and expensive and unreliable / an undependable assistant

Similar:

erratic; temperamental (likely to perform unpredictably)

uncertain (not consistent or dependable)

unsound (of e.g. advice)

Also:

untrustworthy; untrusty (not worthy of trust or belief)

Antonym:

reliable (worthy of reliance or trust)


Sense 3unreliable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dangerously unstable and unpredictable

Synonyms:

treacherous; unreliable

Context examples:

treacherous winding roads / an unreliable trestle

Similar:

dangerous; unsafe (involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm)


Sense 4unreliable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking a sense of responsibility

Similar:

irresponsible (showing lack of care for consequences)


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