Definition for dependant (2 of 2)
- (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.
Origin of dependent
Examples from the Web for dependant
The Sultan will without doubt buy you; contrive it so, that he may think I am a dependant of yours.The Princess of Ponthieu|Unknown
At any rate he was not Lady Lufton's servant, nor even her dependant.Framley Parsonage|Anthony Trollope
Some living domestic or dependant, for none loves Foulon, has betrayed him to the Village.The French Revolution|Thomas Carlyle
An emblem pertaining to her creed was on the heroine's neck; also dependant at her waist.Diana of the Crossways, Complete|George Meredith
A king writing to a subject, or a great man to a dependant, usually places his name and seal at the head of his letter.Arabian Society In The Middle Ages|Edward William Lane
British Dictionary definitions for dependant (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for dependant (2 of 2)
sometimes US dependant
- (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
Word Origin and History for dependant (1 of 2)
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.