un·​de·​pend·​able ˌən-di-ˈpen-də-bəl How to pronounce undependable (audio)
: unable to be trusted or relied on : not dependable : unreliable
an undependable source of information
an undependable water supply
undependability noun
undependably adverb

Examples of undependable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Viewed long term, however, Paramount has been an undependable friend to filmmakers seeking stable funding, not paint jobs. Peter Bart, Deadline, 13 June 2024 Its statistics are unreliable, its central bank is undependable, and its judicial system’s decisions are inscrutable. Henri J. Barkey, Foreign Affairs, 17 Aug. 2023 The other is going to be a roulette wheel of flawed and undependable teams. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 16 Feb. 2024 As The Times reported in January, the state government is contending with an undependable charging system that, according to studies from academic researchers and market analysts, can be counted on to malfunction at least 20% of the time. Russ Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Many observers predicted that overreliance on undependable solar and wind energy would result in disaster. Andrew Follett, National Review, 21 Jan. 2024 Multiple correctional officers interviewed for the story said fans in officer stations were undependable. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 10 July 2023 But given the current geopolitical and pandemic realities, these global value chains may no longer be worth the risk of relying on specific choke points, particularly if those points are in politically unstable or undependable countries. Adam S. Posen, Foreign Affairs, 17 Mar. 2022 How long will Frank rely on the undependable Leonard and nearly equally unreliable George as franchise cornerstones when the Clippers are getting disposed of early in the playoffs every year. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of undependable was in 1860

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“Undependable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undependable. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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