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dependable

[ dih-pen-duh-buhl ]
/ dɪˈpɛn də bəl /
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adjective

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

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Example sentences from the Web for dependable

  • 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

dependable
/ (dɪˈpɛndəbəl) /

adjective

able to be depended on; reliable; trustworthy

Derived forms of dependable

dependability or dependableness, noundependably, adverb
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