or de·pend·ant

[ dih-pen-duh nt ]
/ dɪˈpɛn dənt /



Nearby words

  1. dependants,
  2. dependence,
  3. dependencies,
  4. dependency,
  5. dependency-prone,
  6. dependent clause,
  7. dependent drainage,
  8. dependent edema,
  9. dependent personality,
  10. dependent variable

Origin of dependent

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

Related forms
Can be confuseddependant dependent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dependent


sometimes US dependant

/ (dɪˈpɛndənt) /



grammar an element in a phrase or clause that is not the governor
a variant spelling (esp US) of dependant
Derived Formsdependently, adverb


Avoid confusion with dependant

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Word Origin and History for 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

Medicine definitions for dependent


[ dĭ-pĕndənt ]


Contingent on or subordinate to another.
Relying on or requiring the aid of another for support.
Hanging down.


One who relies on another especially for financial support.

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