capable of being depended on; worthy of trust; reliable: a dependable employee.

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 for dependable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dependable

Contemporary Examples of dependable

Historical Examples of dependable

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


    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 Formsdependability or dependableness, noundependably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dependable

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

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