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  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

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Historical Examples of dependably

  • Dependably Verbeena was to be suspected of having something other than sawdust under those clubbed curls of hers!

    The Shriek

    Charles Somerville

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

  • 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 dependably


  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 dependably



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

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