- reliablehas, surprisingly, been in common use only since about 1850, and was once objected to on the ground that it ought to mean ‘able to rely’ and not, as it does, ‘able to be relied on’, since rely cannot by itself take an object, as most verbs forming passive adjectives in -able can (bearable, believable, curable, etc.; but note dependable, recorded from the 18c). See also unaccountable.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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