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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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Examples from the web for dependable
  • Must have excellent customer service and money handling skills and be dependable and reliable.
  • Smoky but dependable diesel-powered cars were once considered eccentric choices, but many are still on the road.
  • Therefore it must be strong and dependable and fitting together well at every joint.
  • They offer a steady stream of income which is often more dependable than taxes on timber or agricultural goods.
  • After all, it delivers years and years of dependable hot water with minimal effort.
  • Green beans are a workhorse vegetable: nothing flashy, rarely the star, but always dependable in a supporting role.
  • dependable selection typical of the species add to my plant list.
  • Certain television oldies can be remarkably dependable goodies.
  • Cats are more dependable as companions and much less expensive.
  • Many governments lack dependable legislative majorities.
British Dictionary definitions for dependable


able to be depended on; reliable; trustworthy
Derived Forms
dependability, dependableness, noun
dependably, adverb
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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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