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Difference between dependable and reliable

Difference between dependable and reliable

Difference between dependable and reliable

What a difference between dependable and reliable? and how can I explain this for my students?

RE: Difference between dependable and reliable


From an engineering perspective, "reliable" is an inherent feature in equipment or hardware that you can mathematically calculate, i.e., this instrument has a reliability of 95% at 5 years. "Dependable" is more often associated with people and the a trust relationship, i.e., you find someone to be dependable, but they might not be dependable for someone else.

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RE: Difference between dependable and reliable

From my British English perspective...

A reliable car will never have any failures.
A dependable car will always get you home, even if things fail.


RE: Difference between dependable and reliable

To me reliability implies statistical values whereas dependable does not.

RE: Difference between dependable and reliable

The words are synonymous. A person (or thing) cannot be dependable if he/it is not reliable.


RE: Difference between dependable and reliable

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If someone is consistently bad, they're still reliable, but not dependable

You have to be kidding!

If he is consistently bad, you can rely on him to be bad...what kind of reliability is that? Someone who is consistently bad is neither reliable nor dependable.


RE: Difference between dependable and reliable

I think the comment is like a broken watch being right twice a day. Reliability is about how consistent, predictable, an outcome is. So a consistently bad outcome is predictable … you can rely on it to fail !??

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RE: Difference between dependable and reliable

"found an article about Difference Between Dependable and Reliable" … not what I (or most posters here) would say.

A person or thing can be reliable or dependable. I like the idea that reliability is linked to statistics (how often the outcome happens, how predictable it is). Dependable has more of a positive flavour to it. In the example above, if something (or someone) always (frequently) fails then you could say it's reliable (to fail) but it wouldn't be dependable.

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