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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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  • It was plain that she had the greatest confidence in him, and he came, ere long, to regard her as a dependable and inspired help.

    From the Housetops George Barr McCutcheon
  • Now there you were more likely to pick up with the dependable kind.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • But the vow of silence which Boone had taken with the grave solemnity of a Trappist monk was no longer a dependable bulwark.

    The Tempering Charles Neville Buck
  • In public, General O'Reilly was himself—charming, dependable, cheerful.

    The Golden Judge Nathaniel Gordon
  • He feared no bodily attack from ambush, for his own strength and knowledge were dependable.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
British Dictionary definitions for dependable


able to be depended on; reliable; trustworthy
Derived Forms
dependability, dependableness, noun
dependably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dependable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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