- (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
Contemporary Examples of dependants
“Scots better people than to be dependants of London,” he wrote last week.Freeeeedom! Hollywood Fights for Scottish Independence
September 15, 2014
Historical Examples of dependants
Dependants, to respect us, must be—ha—kept at a distance and—hum—kept down.Little Dorrit
Some patronage—be it so—for my own dependants and followers, no doubt!Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
For there are the dependants and friends of the king and of the nobles.The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 2 (of 4)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
So she had won respect and a good name among her dependants, but not love.Working in the Shade
Theodore P Wilson
Other successful courtiers had, like him, their trains of dependants.Sir Walter Ralegh
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.