- (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 dependants
“Scots better people than to be dependants of London,” he wrote last week.Freeeeedom! Hollywood Fights for Scottish Independence|Nico Hines|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Alesia belonged to the Mandubii, who were dependants of the Ædui.Plutarch's Lives Volume III.|Plutarch
She was given the head of the tables, where masters and dependants sat in a simple and patriarchal state.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard|Joseph Conrad
He was hated on every hand, and by his own family and dependants most of all.Pharos, The Egyptian|Guy Newell Boothby
By this will fall two chief-justices in Eyre, with all their train of dependants.
Any semblance of favoritism in a government is a sure means of alienating the trust and affection of a part of its dependants.
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
1580s, see dependant.
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.