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dependable

[dih-pen-duh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable of being depended on; worthy of trust; reliable: a dependable employee.
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Origin of dependable

First recorded in 1725–35; depend + -able
Related formsde·pend·a·bil·i·ty, de·pend·a·ble·ness, nounde·pend·a·bly, adverbin·ter·de·pend·a·bil·i·ty, nounin·ter·de·pend·a·ble, adjectivenon·de·pend·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·de·pend·a·ble, adjectivenon·de·pend·a·ble·ness, nounnon·de·pend·a·bly, adverbpre·de·pend·a·ble, adjectiveun·de·pend·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·de·pend·a·ble, adjectiveun·de·pend·a·ble·ness, nounun·de·pend·a·bly, adverb

Synonyms

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trustworthy, trusty, trusted, steadfast, faithful, responsible.
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  • You've been recommended as a man of high purpose and dependability.

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    Arthur G. Stangland

  • There was dependability in every warm freckle of Albert Eddie's face.

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    George Madden Martin

  • Your most salable quality may be dependability, rather than quick thinking.

    Certain Success

    Norval A. Hawkins

  • This important innovation places the standard of the published material very high, and it insures accuracy and dependability.

    Aviation Engines

    Victor Wilfred Pag

  • When dealing with him in other business ways rely on him and let him know you admire his dependability.

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British Dictionary definitions for dependability

dependable

adjective
  1. able to be depended on; reliable; trustworthy
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Derived Formsdependability or dependableness, noundependably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dependability

dependable

adj.

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

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