As adjectives the difference between tenable and reliable
is that tenable
is capable of being maintained or justified; well-founded while reliable
is suitable]] or fit to be [[rely on|relied on; worthy of dependence or reliance; trustworthy.
As a noun reliable is
something or someone or dependable.
capable of being maintained or justified; well-founded
(of a defensive structure) capable of being defended against assault or attack; defensible
- Back in the 1800s, many did not consider Darwin's theory of evolution to be tenable at all.
Suitable]] or fit to be [[rely on, relied on; worthy of dependence or reliance; trustworthy
- A reliable witness to the truth of the miracles. -- .
- The best means, and most reliable pledge, of a higher object. -- .
(signal processing, of a communication protocol) Such that either a sent packet will reach its destination, even if it requires retransmission, or the sender will be told that it didn't
- According to General Livingston's humorous account, his own village of Elizabethtown was not much more reliable , being peopled in those agitated times by unknown, unrecommended strangers, guilty-looking Tories, and very knavish Whigs. --.
Something or someone or dependable
- the old reliables