de·​pend·​able di-ˈpen-də-bəl How to pronounce dependable (audio)
: capable of being trusted or depended on : reliable
a dependable source of income
a dependable assistant
needs a dependable car for work
dependability noun
dependableness noun
dependably 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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Word History


see depend

First Known Use

1735, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dependable was in 1735

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“Dependable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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de·​pend·​able di-ˈpen-də-bəl How to pronounce dependable (audio)
: capable of being depended on : trustworthy, reliable
a dependable car
dependability noun
dependably adverb

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