- relying on someone or something else for aid, support, etc.
- conditioned or determined by something else; contingent: Our trip is dependent on the weather.
- subordinate; subject: a dependent territory.
- Grammar. not used in isolation; used only in connection with other forms. In I walked out when the bell rang, when the bell rang is a dependent clause.Compare independent(def 14), main1(def 4).
- hanging down; pendent.
- (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.
- Statistics. (of an event or a value) not statistically independent.
- a person who depends on or needs someone or something for aid, support, favor, etc.
- a child, spouse, parent, or certain other relative to whom one contributes all or a major amount of necessary financial support: She listed two dependents on her income-tax form.
- Archaic. a subordinate part.
Origin of dependent
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Related Wordspoor, defenseless, vulnerable, reliant, susceptible, conditional, subordinate, inferior, minor, secondary, relative, reckoning, clinging, debased, immature, indigent, lesser, under, humbled
Examples from the Web for dependent
In 2014, any dependent youth who earns more than $6,200 will have to report those earnings to the IRS.Paying Taxes and Going to Jail Like Adults; Teens Deserve the Right to Vote, Too
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Seven of the ten Congressional candidates most dependent on the money of the ultra-rich were Democrats.Dawn of the Age of Oligarchy: the Alliance between Government and the 1%
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Much of our ability is dependent on two rocket engines, the RD-180 and the NK-33/AJ26.Why Does the USA Depend on Russian Rockets to Get Us Into Space?
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The bacteria are dependent on the nutrients being supplied to them in the lab.Synthetic DNA: The New Drug Makers?
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My living is dependent on that reputation and I worked hard to earn it.Damn Right I Taped Kerry’s ‘Apartheid’ Talk
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But she could not get her mother's feeling of him as a helpless, dependent thing.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
I know little of them; and happily we shall not be dependent on the result of my management.Weighed and Wanting
Nay, would his uncle, on whom he was dependent, consent to such a refusal?
We feel ourselves so dependent on it for all that is yet to come.
We were both too young, too dependent and helpless, to do anything but accept our separation.Little Dorrit
sometimes US dependant
- depending on a person or thing for aid, support, life, etc
- (postpositive; foll by on or upon) influenced or conditioned (by); contingent (on)
- subordinate; subjecta dependent prince
- obsolete hanging down
- (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
- grammar an element in a phrase or clause that is not the governor
- a variant spelling (esp US) of dependant
Avoid confusion with dependant
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Word Origin and History for dependent
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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