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the extent to which a product fulfils its function over a period of time.

The reliability of a product depends upon its design characteristics, the quality of materials and components embodied within it and the care with which it is made and assembled.

A product's reliability is an important part of its performance in use and thus affects the appeal of the product to customers and the likelihood of their buying it. See BRAND LOYALTY. See QUALITY CONTROL, FAILURE RATE CURVE, PARALLEL SYSTEM.

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The project proponents and EU representatives recently launched RELY in Cebu City.
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grantor to rely on information provided by the foreign grantee.
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It takes a leap of faith to rely on a higher authority called God to explain the unexplainable, and that is the essence of religion.
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This is especially true in populations that rely on locally caught fish as their primary protein source and that have few inexpensive healthy alternatives.