dependent

or de·pend·ant

[dih-pen-duh nt]

adjective

noun


Origin of dependent

First recorded in 1375–1425, dependent is from the late Middle English word dependaunt. See depend, -ent
Related formsde·pend·ent·ly, adverbo·ver·de·pend·ent, adjectivepre·de·pend·ent, adjectivequa·si-de·pend·ent, adjectivequa·si-de·pend·ent·ly, adverbself-de·pend·ent, adjectiveself-de·pend·ent·ly, adverbsem·i·de·pend·ent, adjectivesem·i·de·pend·ent·ly, adverbun·de·pend·ent, adjective
Can be confuseddependant dependent
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Related Words for dependently

involuntarily, weakly, willy-nilly, abandonedly, dependently, feebly

Examples from the Web for dependently

Historical Examples of dependently

  • The world has come but once; the witness is there after the fact and simply approves, dependently.

  • Clinging to him so dependently, she taught him in time to presume upon that devotion—a lesson men are not slow to learn.

  • And yet but now they were charged with “getting it” too dependently, or rather, with having it “got” for them by man!

    Ceres' Runaway

    Alice Meynell


British Dictionary definitions for dependently

dependent

sometimes US dependant

adjective

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
maths
  1. (of a variable) having a value depending on that assumed by a related independent variable
  2. (of a linear equation) having every solution as a solution of one or more given linear equations

noun

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

confusable

Avoid confusion with dependant
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Word Origin and History for dependently

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

dependently in Medicine

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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