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dependent

or de·pend·ant

[ dih-pen-duhnt ]
/ dɪˈpɛn dənt /
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adjective
noun
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Origin of dependent

First recorded in 1375–1425, dependent is from the late Middle English word dependaunt.See depend, -ent

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British Dictionary definitions for dependent

dependent

sometimes US dependant

/ (dɪˈpɛndənt) /

adjective
noun
grammar an element in a phrase or clause that is not the governor
a variant spelling (esp US) of dependant

Derived forms of dependent

dependently, adverb

undefined dependent

Avoid confusion with dependant
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Medical definitions for dependent

dependent
[ dĭ-pĕndənt ]

adj.
Contingent on or subordinate to another.
Relying on or requiring the aid of another for support.
Hanging down.
n.
One who relies on another especially for financial support.
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