or de·pend·ant

[ dih-pen-duh nt ]
/ dɪˈpɛn dənt /



Origin of dependent

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

Related forms

Can be confused

dependant dependent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dependently

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

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

    A Pair of Blue Eyes|Thomas Hardy

British Dictionary definitions for dependently


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 Forms

dependently, adverb


Avoid confusion with dependant
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Medicine definitions for dependently


[ 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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