from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by or exhibiting a lack of reliability.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not reliable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not reliable; untrustworthy. See reliable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not reliable; not to be relied or depended on. (Imp. Dict.)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking a sense of responsibility
  • adj. liable to be erroneous or misleading
  • adj. not worthy of reliance or trust
  • adj. dangerously unstable and unpredictable


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  • With Stella you have added to a literary history rich in unreliable narrators.

    Janni Visman discusses her first novel, Yellow

  • In Cooked Books, Tyler Cowen explains that the sad truth is that “non-fiction” has been unreliable from the beginning:

    Cooked Books « Isegoria

  • The sad truth is that “non-fiction” has been unreliable from the beginning, no matter how finely grained a section of human knowledge we wish to consider.

    Cooked Books « Isegoria

  • Generic, national polls remain unreliable for reading individual House, and even Senate, races, not to mention the other challenges of modern polling, to correctly measure actual turnout, to actually obtain polling answers from likely voters, and so on.

    Sound Politics: Republicans Picking Up Steam As Election Day Nears

  • The folks at my favorite Braves blog, Rowland's Office, are using the Braves 'depressing plummet to the deep end of the standings to move their headquarters from the painfully unreliable Blogger to the just plain unreliable Typepad.

    Round the 'Hood

  • What makes Wikipedia unreliable is that there are too many points at which sorrect material can be adjusted, edited, purged, spun, etc.

    UberWikipedia « BuzzMachine

  • What makes Wikipedia unreliable is that it can not be controlled.

    UberWikipedia « BuzzMachine

  • It was Miller who clearly placed far too much credence in unreliable sources, and then credulously used dubious administration officials to confirm what she was told.

    May 2004

  • Pakistan, regarded as critical to U.S. efforts to stabilize Afghanistan, is often described as an unreliable partner.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Shadowrun did a great job doing an end run on this whole thing, not only with technology so advanced it _could_ be slightly 'unreliable' - that is, tied to human skill - but in instituting a global mechanic for 'Karma', in essence a second chance from an unspecified origin.



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  • I'm just hearing on the radio about an employer who was refused placement of an ad for staff because it contained the words 'hard-working and reliable'.

    They were told that the ad could not be accepted for publication because it may be seen to discriminate against the unreliable.


    January 27, 2010