unreliability


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un·re·li·a·ble

 (ŭn′rĭ-lī′ə-bəl)
adj.
Marked by or exhibiting a lack of reliability.

un′re·li′a·bil′i·ty, un′re·li′a·ble·ness n.
un′re·li′a·bly adv.

unreliability

(ˌʌnrɪlaɪəˈbɪlətɪ) or

unreliableness

n
the condition of being not reliable or untrustworthy

Reliability/Unreliability

 

See Also: FIRMNESS, STEADINESS

  1. (I found the almond trees as) dependable as the swallows of Capistrano, announcing another spring —Wallace Stegner
  2. As reliable as the day following the night —Dorothea Straus
  3. [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
  4. Consistent and productive as machines —Gay Gaer Luce
  5. 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
  6. Dependable as a floating crap game —Harry Prince
  7. Dependable as clockwork … —Anon
  8. Dependable as daylight —Beryl Markham
  9. 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
  10. Duty without responsibility is like pomp without power —Edward, Duke of Windsor
  11. Fickle as a changeful dream —Sir Walter Scott
  12. 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
  13. (You’ve got) no more responsibility than a one-eyed jack rabbit —Elmer Kelton
  14. Reliability’s like a string we can only see the middle of —William McFee
  15. (About as) reliable as a Pravda editorial —Joseph Wambaugh
  16. Reliable as a salary —Frank R. Stockton
  17. Reliable as crystal balls, goat innards, and prayer —Harold Adams
  18. Reliable as he was eccentric —Mark Twain
  19. Reliable as reading tea leaves or the bumps on one’s head —Peter J. Bonacich, letter to editor of Discover, April, 1986
  20. Responsibility rested upon him as lightly as the freckles on his nose —Alice Caldwell Hegan
  21. Solid as tombstones —Helen Hudson
  22. Wore, like a garment, an air of wholesome reliability —Mazo De La Roche
  23. Would always be there … like some familiar landmark —Barbara Pym, The Sweet Dove Died
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Unreliability - the trait of not being dependable or reliableunreliability - 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
dependability, dependableness, reliability, reliableness - the quality of being dependable or reliable
Translations

unreliability

[ˈʌnrɪˌlaɪəˈbɪlɪtɪ] Nfalta f de fiabilidad

unreliability

[ˌʌnrɪlaɪəˈbɪləti] n
[person] → manque m de sérieux
[confession, testimony, evidence] → manque m de fiabilité
[clock, instrument, car] → manque m de fiabilité

unreliability

unreliability

[ˌʌnrɪlaɪəˈbɪlɪtɪ] nscarsa affidabilità
References in classic literature ?
He noted with surprise the absence of Taglat, whom he had expected to find awaiting him outside the tent of Achmet Zek; but, accustomed as he was to the unreliability of apes, he gave no serious attention to the present defection of his surly companion.
At the first landing you run up against a pail and a broom, whereupon "mother" expatiates upon the unreliability of servant-girls, and bawls over the balusters for Sarah to come and take them away at once.
Unreliability and sending mixed messages are far from compelling qualities for a position requiring consistency and trust.
The DIKO chairman said that it was time "we decided, if Cyprus would continue to be the country of unreliability.
Also, this empathy can be only short-lived in the face of a stupendous amount of textually schematized clues of narratorial unreliability which elicit epistemological doubt from the (implied) reader and alarm his/her cognitive mechanisms into the exercise of epistemic vigilance.
In 18 papers from a January 2013 conference in Mainz, Germany, scholars of literature, media, psychology, and other fields expand the study of narrative unreliability beyond first-person fiction to other media in other disciplines.
The tripping of northern 500kV transmission system on December 12 again demonstrated the unreliability and fragility of the national grid network.
He says the unreliability of the service is causing serious problems for passengers in communities on the route, such as Heddon on the Wall, Hexham and Haydon Bridge.
The 27-year-old Brit has endured a myriad of issues over the course of the year, notably with unreliability, which is so unlike McLaren.
It may be a deep unreliability problem but it may be a credibility problem.
Unfortunately, the pro-wind farm enthusiasts, including our Government, don't realise that even if we spent billions and have 100,000 wind turbines, not one coal, oil or nuclear power station could be closed because of the unreliability of the wind.
Up until now, customers have had to adjust their production schedules and supply chains to accommodate shipping lines' unreliability, as they have never been able to trust that their cargo would be on time," said Maersk Line CEO Eivind Kolding.