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Marked by or exhibiting a lack of reliability.
un′re·li′a·bil′i·ty, un′re·li′a·ble·ness n.
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the condition of being not reliable or untrustworthy
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- (I found the almond trees as) dependable as the swallows of Capistrano, announcing another spring —Wallace Stegner
- As reliable as the day following the night —Dorothea Straus
- [A collection of art works] as spotty as a Dalmation and not half as beautiful —Manuela Hoelterhoff, on the new Wallace wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wall Street Journal, March 17, 1987
- Consistent and productive as machines —Gay Gaer Luce
- Dealing with Owen Roe was like walking across a bog. You never knew when the ground might give way under your feet —Julia O’Faolain
- Dependable as a floating crap game —Harry Prince
- Dependable as clockwork … —Anon
- Dependable as daylight —Beryl Markham
- A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last —Joseph Fort
- Duty without responsibility is like pomp without power —Edward, Duke of Windsor
- Fickle as a changeful dream —Sir Walter Scott
- It [buying a house] was like joining a church because it committed me to spending every weekend I could get … to working on the place —George V. Higgins
- (You’ve got) no more responsibility than a one-eyed jack rabbit —Elmer Kelton
- Reliability’s like a string we can only see the middle of —William McFee
- (About as) reliable as a Pravda editorial —Joseph Wambaugh
- Reliable as a salary —Frank R. Stockton
- Reliable as crystal balls, goat innards, and prayer —Harold Adams
- Reliable as he was eccentric —Mark Twain
- Reliable as reading tea leaves or the bumps on one’s head —Peter J. Bonacich, letter to editor of Discover, April, 1986
- Responsibility rested upon him as lightly as the freckles on his nose —Alice Caldwell Hegan
- Solid as tombstones —Helen Hudson
- Wore, like a garment, an air of wholesome reliability —Mazo De La Roche
- Would always be there … like some familiar landmark —Barbara Pym, The Sweet Dove Died
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|Noun||1.||unreliability - the trait of not being dependable or reliable|
irresponsibility, irresponsibleness - a form of untrustworthiness; the trait of lacking a sense of responsibility and not feeling accountable for your actions
instability - unreliability attributable to being unstable
irreproducibility - the quality of being unreproducible; "he could not explain the irreproducibility of the results of his experiment"
fallibility - the likelihood of making errors
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