de·pend·able | \di-ˈpen-də-bəl \

Definition of dependable 

: capable of being trusted or depended on : reliable a dependable source of income a dependable assistant needs a dependable car for work

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Other Words from dependable

dependability \-ˌpen-də-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
dependableness noun
dependably \-blē \ adverb

Examples of dependable in a Sentence

seeking a dependable person to look after their summer home in the off-season

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Never before, however, has an entire political apparatus arisen to systematically engineer a more dependable Supreme Court over the course of a generation. Peter Baker, New York Times, "A Conservative Court Push Decades in the Making, With Effects for Decades to Come," 9 July 2018 In the village of Ringui, match days find people walking along dirt roads carrying televisions, searching for neighbors who have the right cable connection or a more dependable electricity supply. Yirmiyan Arthur, Fox News, "In cricket-mad India, 1 distant corner is crazy for soccer," 29 June 2018 Boston and San Jose were among the suitors for Kovalchuk, but the Kings made a top-dollar offer to add him to a lineup that could use another dependable goal-scorer. Greg Beacham, Houston Chronicle, "Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk returns to NHL with Kings," 23 June 2018 If Russia’s defense industry can fix the problems Moscow could have a dependable, lethal robot on its hands and a real threat to NATO forces. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s Tank Drone Performed Poorly in Syria," 18 June 2018 But this guy's really a hard-working, very dependable receiver. Matt Zenitz,, "Nick Saban makes interesting NFL comparison for Calvin Ridley," 25 Apr. 2018 In addition to providing dependable feedback, some of these beauty inventions give us power over our own environment, allowing us to create a space that’s refreshingly free of variables. Crista Leonard, Allure, "How the Smart Mirror Trend Is Changing the Beauty Industry," 8 May 2018 Fee-only financial planners who work by the hour specialize in providing solid, dependable advice. Mary Hunt, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About Retirement Planning," 13 Feb. 2018 Outside a brief stint on the disabled list earlier this month, Ureña has been Miami’s most dependable starter this season. Matthew Defranks,, "Preview: Phillies at Marlins, Sunday, 1:10 p.m.," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of dependable

1735, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dependable

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English Language Learners Definition of dependable

: able to be trusted to do or provide what is needed : able to be depended on


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Kids Definition of dependable

: trustworthy, reliable a dependable car

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