Definition of undependable in English:

undependable

adjective

  • Not trustworthy and reliable.

    ‘evidence is scarce and often undependable’
    • ‘It is just that such lore is so undependable that it is not in the forefront of their minds.’
    • ‘Attendance is a direct reflection of dependability and employers do not promote or retain undependable employees.’
    • ‘Any member that is irresponsible dissolves the team trust because undependable people force others to interfere, complain and become uncooperative.’
    • ‘According to Erikson, children who fail to develop a basic sense of trust will view the world as hostile and people as undependable in later life.’
    • ‘The other is a chronic underachiever, undependable, disreputable, a thoroughly wild child.’
    • ‘I would not appreciate having to depend on what are often undependable bus services.’
    • ‘A gymnast must be both skillful and careful and never gamble, never rely on providence or luck - in short on anything that is undependable or fortuitous.’
    • ‘Journalists tend to stockpile information, and it leaks out through our attempts at communication like air around an undependable vacuum seal.’
    • ‘Somehow she'd heard through the undependable (as always!) grapevine that he wanted to date her, which was a crazy idea, considering how he'd never felt like dating her in all the many years in high school he'd known her.’
    • ‘All this made the business sector an undependable contributor to economic growth.’
    • ‘She married a man who was erratic, undependable and bad at paying bills.’
    • ‘The biggest is simply whether Pru can deliver profits that don't depend, as they have so heavily in recent years, on such undependable sources as growth in its own pension-fund assets.’
    • ‘Put more baldly, he was recognisably mixed-up; and although that made him maddeningly undependable as a politician, it humanised him as a man.’
    • ‘In the past the productions of necessities were very low, inefficient and undependable.’
    • ‘Language is a means of distilling and ‘reflecting’ reality - yet language is slippery, undependable.’
    • ‘Sympathetic but far from uncritical, Simon described Douglas as a ‘shy’ and ‘intensely private man’ whose accounts of his own life were thoroughly undependable.’
    • ‘All too often the information they provide, and the supposed eyewitnesses they interview, are undependable.’
    • ‘Though this would seem to be an all-purpose, comprehensive technical solution, it was expensive and frequently undependable, and never made it into the mainstream.’
    • ‘She asked, quickly averting the subject from James' opinion of his undependable mother and late father.’
    • ‘‘It's these undependable computers again,’ said another student.’
    unpredictable, changeable, variable, inconstant, inconsistent, uncertain, erratic, irregular, unstable, turbulent, unsteady, unsettled, unreliable, changing, ever-changing, varying, shifting, fluctuating, fluid, mutable, protean, fitful, wavering, full of ups and downs
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Pronunciation

undependable

/ʌndɪˈpɛndəb(ə)l/