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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a dependable car
▪ He thought of himself as a responsible and dependable person.
▪ It has become like an old friend, seen daily: not always dependable, but usually interesting, and sometimes right.
▪ Men smoked pipes, wore roll-neck jerseys and had a stolidly dependable air about them.
▪ Nearly half way into his term in office, Muni is still not the safe, dependable system he promised to make it.
▪ The vines from these slopes produce wine of an extremely dependable quality.
▪ There does not seem to be any other dependable way to do it, throughout an entire population over time.
▪ They needed a dependable legal environment for the conduct of their business.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dependable \De*pend"a*ble\, a. Worthy of being depended on; trustworthy. ``Dependable friendships.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1735; se depend + -able. Related: Dependability; dependably.


a. Able, or easily able to be depended on. n. A reliable person or thing.

  1. adj. worthy of reliance or trust; "a reliable source of information"; "a dependable worker" [syn: reliable] [ant: unreliable, unreliable]

  2. worthy of being depended on; "a dependable worker"; "an honest working stiff"; "a reliable source of information"; "he was true to his word"; "I would be true for there are those who trust me" [syn: honest, reliable, true(p)]

  3. consistent in performance or behavior; "dependable in one's habits"; "a steady-going family man" [syn: rock-steady, steady-going]

  4. financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure investment" [syn: good, safe, secure]

Usage examples of "dependable".

Otto von Meissner, chief of the Presidential Chancellery, and Goering, who had accompanied Hitler, were the only witnesses to the conversation, and though Meissner is not a completely dependable source, his affidavit at Nuremberg is the only firsthand testimony in existence of what followed.

Fighters launched by Croom, the dependable protector of the Argyle treasures.

And, last of those I knew well, Tamor the Armiger, Towering Tamor, poised upon the balls of his feet as though about to take flight, Grandfather Tamor, strong and dependable, quick in judgment, instant in action.

He also made certain that the falchion was loose in the sheaththe broad, thick, heavy blade was centuries older than the elderly arquebus, but cold steel was at least always dependable, if well honed and hard-swung.

She is a heroine out of a Barbara Pym novel: bookish, dependable, magnanimously stubborn, and no doubt beneath it all profoundly disappointed.

Burned, nuggety face, honest blue eyes and nature as dependable as the compass.

Indeed, in one of his acidic, if antic, moods, Robbie told us Tuohey had delivered a fairly entertaining monologue about why liquor was a more dependable companion than a woman.

Captain Mellet, who impressed me as a stolid, dependable sort, not fast in the attack, but equally slow to give way.

She was driven by old and dependable Lawlor engines which faithfully thrust her through emptiness at a good speed in normal space, but a good many times faster than light when an overdrive field surrounded her hull.

Christine had tried to make friends and cultivate dependable sources, quietly building up her files but accumulating almost nothing of prosecutorial value.

I had already learned that he was strong and shrewd and solid, dependable as one of his beloved quadriremes, and the jut of his chin was reminiscent of the ramming beaks of those same vessels.

Nurse Rousset, but he implied that Ivan Kaleskin was perhaps no longer 100 percent dependable.

But we are certainly standing only upon the threshold of a scientific interpretation of spiritistic phenomena and until the whole region has been very much more carefully worked through and far more dependable facts are in hand, one can only say that Spiritism is a hypothesis which may or may not be verified, and attend the outcome.

So when a woman offered herself, it was always for reasons: like, for instance, trying to insure her safety, protect her cunning, undeserving hide by enslaving him through his dependable, easily awakened male lust.

By the time we arrived in the Pacific, communication equipment was so improved and dependable that dogs were no longer useful for carrying messages.