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Not easily relied or depended on: an undependable worker; an undependable lamp socket.

un′de·pend′a·bil′i·ty n.
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Noun1.undependability - the trait of not being dependable or reliableundependability - the trait of not being dependable or reliable
irresponsibility, irresponsibleness - a form of untrustworthiness; the trait of lacking a sense of responsibility and not feeling accountable for your actions
instability - unreliability attributable to being unstable
irreproducibility - the quality of being unreproducible; "he could not explain the irreproducibility of the results of his experiment"
fallibility - the likelihood of making errors
dependability, dependableness, reliability, reliableness - the quality of being dependable or reliable
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But the problem with lickspittles is their darned undependability. Men or women who are subservient out of self-interest will turn against the prince when their interests change, or when they get a plea deal.
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