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[dih-pen-duh-buh l] /dɪˈpɛn də bəl/
capable of being depended on; worthy of trust; reliable:
a dependable employee.
Origin of dependable
1725-35; depend + -able
Related forms
dependability, dependableness, noun
dependably, adverb
interdependability, noun
interdependable, adjective
nondependability, noun
nondependable, adjective
nondependableness, noun
nondependably, adverb
predependable, adjective
undependability, noun
undependable, adjective
undependableness, noun
undependably, adverb
trustworthy, trusty, trusted, steadfast, faithful, responsible. Unabridged
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  • Commitment and dependability are high on the list of things he values.
British Dictionary definitions for dependability


able to be depended on; reliable; trustworthy
Derived Forms
dependability, dependableness, noun
dependably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dependability



1735; se depend + -able. Related: Dependability; dependably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dependability in Technology
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