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pendent

[pen-duh nt] /ˈpɛn dənt/
adjective, Also, pendant.
1.
hanging or suspended:
a pendent lamp.
2.
overhanging; jutting; projecting:
pendent cliffs.
3.
undecided; undetermined; pending:
a lawsuit that is still pendent.
4.
noun
5.
Origin of pendent
1275-1325
1275-1325; < Latin pendent- (stem of pendēns), present participle of pendēre to hang; replacing Middle English pendaunt < Anglo-French (Old French pendant), present participle of pendre < Latin pendēre; see pendant
Related forms
pendently, adverb
nonpendent, adjective
nonpendently, adverb
semipendent, adjective
unpendent, adjective
Can be confused
pendant, pendent, pennant, pundit.
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Examples from the Web for pendent
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  • He grovelled on the divan heavy in thought and with pendent arms.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • Descending the pendent rope, Paul disappears in the darkness.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • His dress consists of a high-crowned hat, and a pendent frill.

  • The pendent ornament called a tassel is a diminutive of Mid.

  • Mrs. Hooven had pendent earrings of imitation jet in her ears.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • A variety occurs with larger, more conical, and pendent pods.

  • Hahn's horse was standing there obediently with pendent reins anchoring it!

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • They are erect, pendent, or spreading, according to their form or position.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • The pendent ornaments hung to the necklaces are very beautiful.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • To this was sometimes suspended a pomander-box, tablets, or a pendent reliquary.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
British Dictionary definitions for pendent

pendent

/ˈpɛndənt/
adjective
1.
dangling
2.
jutting
3.
(of a grammatical construction) incomplete: a pendent nominative is a construction having no verb
4.
a less common word for pending (sense 2), pending (sense 3)
noun
5.
a variant spelling of pendant
Derived Forms
pendency, noun
pendently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French pendant, from pendre to hang; see pendant
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Word Origin and History for pendent
adj.

c.1600 respelling of Middle English pendaunt "hanging, overhanging" (late 14c., from Old French pendant; see pendant) on model of its Latin original, pendentem.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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