“Scots better people than to be dependants of London,” he wrote last week.
By this he drew round him crowds of dependants, whom he was sure to disappoint; yet wished to relieve.
dependants, to respect us, must be—ha—kept at a distance and—hum—kept down.
Again Brutus's considerateness for his dependants is in strong contrast with the harshness of Roman masters.
Some patronage—be it so—for my own dependants and followers, no doubt!
The produce of the serfs supplied the lords, their dependants and the farmers themselves.
A large following of dependants and servants had arrived with him.
Not only were the older houses enriched, but a new aristocracy was erected from among the dependants of the Court.
This has been the custom of tyrants, and their dependants in all ages.
They were tenants where they had been owners, dependants where they had been givers, slaves where once they were, masters.
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.
dependent de·pend·ent (dĭ-pěn'dənt)
Contingent on or subordinate to another.
Relying on or requiring the aid of another for support.