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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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Equally these connections in the countryside continue to be unreliable. Before going down this route, it is worth checking with the network operator on coverage.
However, although such taxonomies do bring far greater interpretive clarity and sophistication to instances of unreliable narration, they might suggest that with the right critical apparatus in place, even the most challenging unreliable narrators can, in the end, be reliably read.
The head of Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) has opined that asset prices have become unreliable because of easy money policies followed by central banks.
Their topics include a tentative roadmap to theorizing narrative (un)reliability, the performative power of unreliable narration and focalization in drama and theater: conceptualizing the specificity of dramatic unreliability, reality effect and unreliable narration in television news, unreliable narration in law courts, and the struggle for reliable dream reporting and the unreliability of dream reports.
Two companies, which entered into the register of unreliable suppliers, are prohibited from participating in tenders for public procurement portal until 2017.
MOTORISTS are being warned not to rely on DIY breath-testing kits - with police saying they are unreliable.
The Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh heard that DNA evidence against MacKinnon was unreliable.
For the laboratory, risk is related to the chance of producing and reporting unreliable patient results, which are defined as results containing measurement errors that exceed an allowable total error ([TE.sub.a]) specification.
The Bank of England was yesterday branded an "unreliable boyfriend" for wishywashy advice on a rate rise.
Sydney, June 24 ( ANI ): Investigators say that the missing Malaysia flight MH370 may not have suffered serious damages and that the altitude data that prompted earlier searches was unreliable.