pendent

[ pen-duh nt ]
/ ˈpɛn dənt /

adjective Also pendant.

hanging or suspended: a pendent lamp.
overhanging; jutting; projecting: pendent cliffs.
undecided; undetermined; pending: a lawsuit that is still pendent.

noun

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
Related forms
Can be confusedpendant pendent pennant pundit
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pendent

/ (ˈpɛndənt) /

adjective

dangling
jutting
(of a grammatical construction) incompletea pendent nominative is a construction having no verb
a less common word for pending (def. 2), pending (def. 3)

noun

a variant spelling of pendant
Derived Formspendency, nounpendently, adverb

Word Origin for pendent

C15: from Old French pendant, from pendre to hang; see pendant
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Word Origin and History for pendent

pendent


adj.

c.1600 respelling of Middle English pendaunt "hanging, overhanging" (late 14c., from Old French pendant; see pendant) on model of its Latin original, pendentem.

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