- relying on someone or something else for aid, support, etc.
- conditioned or determined by something else; contingent: Our trip is dependent on the weather.
- subordinate; subject: a dependent territory.
- Grammar. not used in isolation; used only in connection with other forms. In I walked out when the bell rang, when the bell rang is a dependent clause.Compare independent(def 14), main1(def 4).
- hanging down; pendent.
- (of a variable) having values determined by one or more independent variables.
- (of an equation) having solutions that are identical to those of another equation or to those of a set of equations.
- Statistics. (of an event or a value) not statistically independent.
- a person who depends on or needs someone or something for aid, support, favor, etc.
- a child, spouse, parent, or certain other relative to whom one contributes all or a major amount of necessary financial support: She listed two dependents on her income-tax form.
- Archaic. a subordinate part.
Origin of dependent
Examples from the Web for dependants
“Scots better people than to be dependants of London,” he wrote last week.Freeeeedom! Hollywood Fights for Scottish Independence
September 15, 2014
Dependants, to respect us, must be—ha—kept at a distance and—hum—kept down.Little Dorrit
Some patronage—be it so—for my own dependants and followers, no doubt!Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
For there are the dependants and friends of the king and of the nobles.The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 2 (of 4)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
So she had won respect and a good name among her dependants, but not love.Working in the Shade
Theodore P Wilson
Other successful courtiers had, like him, their trains of dependants.Sir Walter Ralegh
- a person who depends on another person, organization, etc, for support, aid, or sustenance, esp financial support
sometimes US dependant
- depending on a person or thing for aid, support, life, etc
- (postpositive; foll by on or upon) influenced or conditioned (by); contingent (on)
- subordinate; subjecta dependent prince
- obsolete hanging down
- (of a variable) having a value depending on that assumed by a related independent variable
- (of a linear equation) having every solution as a solution of one or more given linear equations
- grammar an element in a phrase or clause that is not the governor
- a variant spelling (esp US) of dependant
Word Origin and History for dependants
1580s, see dependant.
also dependent, late 14c.; of persons, from 1580s, from French dépendant (adjective and noun), properly present participle of dépendre "to hang down," also "to depend," from Latin dependentem (see depend).
As a noun, from early 15c., originally "action growing out of another action." As with its relative dependence, the Latin-influenced variant (in this case dependent) co-existed through 18c., but with this word the French spelling has proven more durable in English, possibly because it has been found convenient to keep both, one (dependant) for the noun, the other (dependent) for the adjective.
- Contingent on or subordinate to another.
- Relying on or requiring the aid of another for support.
- Hanging down.
- One who relies on another especially for financial support.