Define: Reliability

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Definition: Reliability


Quick Summary of Reliability


Qualitative characteristic of being free from material error and bias, representing faithfully.



What is the dictionary definition of Reliability?

Dictionary Definition


  1. The quality of being reliable, dependable, or trustworthy.
  2. In education – the ability to measure the same thing consistently (of a measurement indicating the degree to which the measure is consistent); that is, repeated measurements would give the same result (See also validity).
  3. In engineering – the measurable time of work before failure

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Synonyms For Reliability


trustworthiness, dependability, confidence, permanence, authenticity


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Reliability are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • BusinessDictionary.com
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 23rd December 2018.