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[dih-pen-duh nt] /dɪˈpɛn dənt/
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.
  1. (of a variable) having values determined by one or more independent variables.
  2. (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
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425, dependent is from the late Middle English word dependaunt. See depend, -ent
Related forms
dependently, adverb
overdependent, adjective
predependent, adjective
quasi-dependent, adjective
quasi-dependently, adverb
self-dependent, adjective
self-dependently, adverb
semidependent, adjective
semidependently, adverb
undependent, adjective
Can be confused
dependant, dependent. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for self-dependent
Historical Examples
  • She has books and her drawing, and she is so self-dependent; but Alice, whose cry was, 'Where 's Tony?'

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • The Americans were an agricultural people, and they were a self-dependent people.

    The Land We Live In

    Henry Mann
  • We have been self-dependent from childhood; taught to be so.

  • There was danger of the destruction of the free, self-dependent yeomanry.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • The seeing man goes about his business confident and self-dependent.

  • They do not appeal to the spaniel element in his nature; they make him free, erect, noble, and self-dependent.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • She was so innocently plain-spoken and self-dependent sometimes, and such a strange little dreamer of dreams at other times.

    Winning the Wilderness Margaret Hill McCarter
  • These same lads early learned to be self-dependent, and to fight their own battles.

  • That it is extremely desirable that in the matter of war supplies she should be self-dependent has been freely admitted.

  • It was a well-ordered, strong, self-dependent colony that he handed down to the long line of his successors.

    Cathedral Cities of France Herbert Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for self-dependent


depending on a person or thing for aid, support, life, etc
(postpositive; foll by on or upon) influenced or conditioned (by); contingent (on)
subordinate; subject: a dependent prince
(obsolete) hanging down
  1. (of a variable) having a value depending on that assumed by a related independent variable
  2. (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
Derived Forms
dependently, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-dependent


15c., variant spelling of dependant, now mostly restricted to adjectival use; see -ance. Dependent variable in mathematics is recorded from 1852.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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self-dependent in Medicine

dependent de·pend·ent (dĭ-pěn'dənt)

  1. Contingent on or subordinate to another.

  2. Relying on or requiring the aid of another for support.

  3. Hanging down.

One who relies on another especially for financial support.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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