[ US /ˌənɹiˈɫaɪəbəɫ, ˌənɹɪˈɫaɪəbəɫ/ ]
[ UK /ˌʌnɹɪlˈa‍ɪəbə‍l/ ]
  1. liable to be erroneous or misleading
    an undependable generalization
  2. not worthy of reliance or trust
    in the early 1950s computers were large and expensive and unreliable
    an undependable assistant
  3. dangerously unstable and unpredictable
    treacherous winding roads
    an unreliable trestle
  4. lacking a sense of responsibility
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How To Use unreliable In A Sentence

  • These creatures have the reputation of being smelly, vicious, spiteful and unreliable.
  • Mrs May claimed that evidence from the blonde-haired victim, who had had a baby since her ordeal, was unreliable.
  • In his 1982 "Secondary Currents," which is described in the film's title credits as a "film noir," Rose pushes the sound and image concerns of structuralist filmmakers by creating a work that is "imageless": on a black screen, white subtitles translate the gibberish of the unreliable narrator in the voice-over. Baltimore City Paper
  • Never overlook the significance of a power supply - an underpowered system will be prone not only to unreliable operation, but also to component damage.
  • The experience of abuse often makes people difficult, all too easy to smear as unreliable witnesses.
  • He's totally unreliable as a source of information.
  • Local factors complicated identities and made remoteness from the centre an unreliable guide to political complexion.
  • This unreliable cycle makes grouse moors unsuitable as investments. Times, Sunday Times
  • Pain ( "mastodynia") is an unreliable tool in determining the presence or absence of breast cancer, but may be indicative of other breast health issues. Yahoo! Answers: Latest Questions
  • MIDI technology and digital synths have replaced creaky old unreliable analogue methods.
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