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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
First recorded in 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
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  • Of all the useful and dependable articles of food, commend us to the Sandwich.

    Sandwiches Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer
  • I'm glad she has my panels finished, for I have a feeling that she isn't too dependable, after all.

    Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge Pemberton Ginther
  • If your physician recommends one to you, you may know she is clean and dependable.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • No, paternalism is not dependable, granting that it is desirable.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • Now there you were more likely to pick up with the dependable kind.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
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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