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

Origin of dependable

First recorded in 1725–35; depend + -able

Other words for dependable

Other words from dependable

  • de·pend·a·bil·i·ty [dih-pen-duh-bil-i-tee], /dɪˌpɛn dəˈbɪl ɪ ti/, de·pend·a·ble·ness, noun
  • de·pend·a·bly, adverb
  • in·ter·de·pend·a·ble, adjective
  • non·de·pend·a·ble, adjective
  • non·de·pend·a·ble·ness, noun
  • non·de·pend·a·bly, adverb
  • pre·de·pend·a·ble, adjective
  • un·de·pend·a·ble, adjective
  • un·de·pend·a·ble·ness, noun
  • un·de·pend·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dependable in a sentence

  • Tree vigorous, dependably productive, hardy, late in coming into bearing.

    The Pears of New York | U. P. Hedrick
  • Dependably Verbeena was to be suspected of having something other than sawdust under those clubbed curls of hers!

    The Shriek | Charles Somerville
  • Not Sarah mixing the baking in the crock, but Sarah dependably mixing the baking in the crock.

    Emmy Lou's Road to Grace | George Madden Martin

British Dictionary definitions for dependable


/ (dɪˈpɛndəbəl) /

  1. able to be depended on; reliable; trustworthy

Derived forms of dependable

  • dependability or dependableness, noun
  • dependably, adverb

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