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Meaning of DEPENDENT

Pronunciation:  di'pendunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)
  2. [adj]  addicted to a drug
  3. [adj]  contingent on something else
  4. [adj]  not independent; "dependent children"
  5. [adj]  (grammar) of a clause; unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; "a subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence"
  6. [adj]  being under the power or sovereignty of another or others; "subject peoples"; "a dependent prince"

DEPENDENT is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: addicted, babelike, bloodsucking, conditional, dependant, dependant, dependent on(p), drug-addicted, helpless, hooked, interdependent, leechlike, mutualist, mutually beneficial, myrmecophilous, parasitic, parasitical, qualified, reliant, reliant on(p), strung-out, subject, subordinate, symbiotic, underage
 Antonyms: independent, main(a)
 See Also: charge, minion, receiver, recipient, unfree



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*pend"ent\, a. [L. dependens, -entis, p. pr.
    dependere. See {Depend}, and cf. {Dependant}.]
    1. Hanging down; as, a dependent bough or leaf.
    2. Relying on, or subject to, something else for support; not
       able to exist, or sustain itself, or to perform anything,
       without the will, power, or aid of something else; not
       self-sustaining; contingent or conditioned; subordinate;
       -- often with on or upon; as, dependent on God; dependent
       upon friends.
             England, long dependent and degraded, was again a
             power of the first rank.              --Macaulay.
    {Dependent covenant} or {contract} (Law), one not binding
       until some connecting stipulation is performed.
    {Dependent variable} (Math.), a varying quantity whose
       changes are arbitrary, but are regarded as produced by
       changes in another variable, which is called the
       independent variable.
  2. \De*pend"ent\, n.
    1. One who depends; one who is sustained by another, or who
       relies on another for support of favor; a hanger-on; a
       retainer; as, a numerous train of dependents.
             A host of dependents on the court, suborned to play
             their part as witnesses.              --Hallam.
    2. That which depends; corollary; consequence.
             With all its circumstances and dependents. --Prynne.
    Note: See the Note under {Dependant}.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: One who derives existence and support from another.
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