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[pen-duh nt] /ˈpɛn dənt/
adjective, Also, pendant.
hanging or suspended:
a pendent lamp.
overhanging; jutting; projecting:
pendent cliffs.
undecided; undetermined; pending:
a lawsuit that is still pendent.
Origin of pendent
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. Unabridged
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  • By 30 she is getting “old”; before 45 the women are old, with flat, pendent folds of skin where the breasts were.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • The pendent ornament called a tassel is a diminutive of Mid.

  • The flowers are produced on the naked shoots in April, and are rendered conspicuous by reason of the pendent yellow stamens.

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

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • His eyes were bloodshot, his lips livid and pendent, his cheeks swollen by the cauterization he had undergone.

  • A pendent & Ensigne of the same colors the flagg is off under wch they are put.

    British Flags W. G. Perrin
  • Crescent-shaped earrings are formed of pendent parts hung with double pearls.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • Fig. 472 shows this type in the adult with pendent appendix.

  • I felt a desire “to be imprisoned in the viewless winds, and blown with restless violence about the pendent world.”

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
  • It has the straight ears, the pendent tail; it does not bark; it is wild.

    Martyria Augustus C. Hamlin
British Dictionary definitions for pendent


(of a grammatical construction) incomplete: a pendent nominative is a construction having no verb
a less common word for pending (sense 2), pending (sense 3)
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

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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