dependable

[dih-pen-duh-buhl]

adjective

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

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Examples from the Web for dependable

Contemporary Examples of dependable

Historical Examples of dependable

  • The peculiarity about this plucky little steamer is that no craft that ever plowed through those waters is so dependable.

  • They are known to be such steady, dependable men that they are always snapped up at once.

    Our Elizabeth

    Florence A. Kilpatrick

  • You are at ease when you begin your trip; for you know that track, train, and men in charge all are dependable.

    Certain Success

    Norval A. Hawkins

  • It is dependable wherever the roads are capable of carrying its load.

  • "Jack Maynard is so dependable," she said, and a distinct note of tenderness trembled in her voice.



British Dictionary definitions for dependable

dependable

adjective

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

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

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