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Definition 1: not worthy of reliance or trust - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where unreliable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for unreliable in the sense of this definition

(unreliable is similar to ...) likely to perform unpredictably

"erratic winds are the bane of a sailor" "a temperamental motor; sometimes it would start and sometimes it wouldn't" "that beautiful but temperamental instrument the flute"

(unreliable is similar to ...) not consistent or dependable

"an uncertain recollection of events" "a gun with a rather uncertain trigger"

(unreliable is similar to ...) of e.g. advice

(means also ...) not worthy of trust or belief

"an untrustworthy person"

Definition 2: dangerously unstable and unpredictable - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where unreliable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • treacherous winding roads
  • an unreliable trestle

Synonyms for unreliable in the sense of this definition

(unreliable is similar to ...) involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm

"a dangerous criminal" "a dangerous bridge" "unemployment reached dangerous proportions"

Definition 3: liable to be erroneous or misleading - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where unreliable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an undependable generalization

Synonyms for unreliable in the sense of this definition

(unreliable is similar to ...) likely to fail or make errors

"everyone is fallible to some degree"

Definition 4: lacking a sense of responsibility - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(unreliable is similar to ...) showing lack of care for consequences

"behaved like an irresponsible idiot" "hasty and irresponsible action"

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