un·​de·​pend·​able | \ ˌən-di-ˈpen-də-bəl How to pronounce undependable (audio) \

Definition of undependable

: unable to be trusted or relied on : not dependable : unreliable an undependable source of information an undependable water supply

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undependability \ ˌən-​di-​ˌpen-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce undependable (audio) \ noun
undependably \ ˌən-​di-​ˈpen-​də-​blē How to pronounce undependable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of undependable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the view of European officials, the United States has gone from being the indispensable ally to the undependable one. Katrin Bennhold, BostonGlobe.com, "Has ‘America First’ become ‘Trump First’? Germans wonder.," 7 June 2020 My Anchorage is self-sufficient, no longer reliant on the undependable state and federal government, leading Alaska now facing a leadership vacuum. Anchorage Daily News, "14 questions: Anchorage Assembly candidate Chris Constant," 28 Mar. 2020 But in many places, that funding has been too little, too late or too undependable. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "U.S. rout of Thailand proves that FIFA still has work to do to level the playing field," 12 June 2019 Many Carefree residents who live west of Black Mountain are not serviced by the town’s water company and have complained for years about rising costs from private companies and an undependable water supply. azcentral, "Election 2018: Here's who wants to run your Valley city," 1 June 2018 The ultimate irony comes in where Pace’s decision leaves the Bears at wide receiver, needing to depend on a player whose injuries have labeled him undependable: Kevin White. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "For just $1 million, Ryan Pace let Cam Meredith leave Bears for nothing in return," 11 Apr. 2018 Those studies show that symptoms are an undependable marker of infectivity. Richard Klasco, M.d., New York Times, "Am I Contagious?," 2 Mar. 2018 The device was a nuisance to use, embarrassing to have parked in front of my seat in a movie theater, and infuriatingly undependable. Nyle Dimarco, Teen Vogue, "Nyle DiMarco Opens Up About Having to Leave Black Panther Because He's Deaf," 23 Feb. 2018 The wild card: Andrew Wiggins, fabulously talented but a bit flighty and undependable at times. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Celtics: When tributes go wrong," 20 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of undependable

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Undependable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undependable. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of undependable

: not able to be trusted or relied on : not dependable

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