- hanging or suspended: a pendent lamp.
- overhanging; jutting; projecting: pendent cliffs.
- undecided; undetermined; pending: a lawsuit that is still pendent.
Origin of pendent
1275–1325; < Latin pendent- (stem of pendēns), present participle of pendēre to hang; replacing Middle English pendaunt < Anglo-French (Old French pendant), present participle of pendre < Latin pendēre; see pendant
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Examples from the Web for pendent
He grovelled on the divan heavy in thought and with pendent arms.Therese Raquin
Descending the pendent rope, Paul disappears in the darkness.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
His dress consists of a high-crowned hat, and a pendent frill.Rembrandt and His Works
The pendent ornament called a tassel is a diminutive of Mid.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
Mrs. Hooven had pendent earrings of imitation jet in her ears.The Octopus
- a variant spelling of pendant
C15: from Old French pendant, from pendre to hang; see pendant
Word Origin and History for pendent
c.1600 respelling of Middle English pendaunt "hanging, overhanging" (late 14c., from Old French pendant; see pendant) on model of its Latin original, pendentem.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper