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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Add a more hard-line FDA and tobacco is becoming a less dependable bet. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "FDA Menthol Ban Will Be a Slow Burn," 20 Nov. 2018 Regulatory complications will most likely keep the venture private and specific to routes with dependable traffic, like the journey from airports into cities. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "A quick guide to hyperloops, Richard Branson’s latest boondoggle," 12 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, Chrysler was ranked the least dependable brand. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Vehicles Are Becoming More Dependable. These Are the Best and Worst.," 14 Feb. 2018 The only truly dependable factor in changing your metabolic rate is to increase the ratio of lean body mass to free fat mass in your body (in other words: more muscles = increased metabolism). Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "8 Claims You've Heard About Coconut Oil That Aren't True," 21 Feb. 2017 In 2009, Detroit pledged its casino tax revenue as collateral on the swaps, jeopardizing the city's most dependable source of cash. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Kwame Kilpatrick: Detroit bankruptcy wasn't my fault," 15 June 2018 Industrious, creative, and dependable, Master Number 22 is always on a mission to transform. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Basics of Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path and Destiny Numbers," 16 July 2018 They were supposed to be the dependable and consistent forces in times like this. Sarah Todd,, "JJ Redick, Sixers' veteran shooters disappear when they're needed most," 11 May 2018 Many players were effective Sunday, yet few were as dependable or versatile as Nurse, and that is often the case. Mike Anthony,, "Kia Nurse Provides The Push UConn Needs, Earns Praise From Auriemma Heading Into Memphis Matchup," 23 Jan. 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


de·​pend·​able | \ di-ˈpen-də-bəl \

Kids Definition of dependable

: trustworthy, reliable a dependable car

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