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[pen-duh nt]
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adjective Also pendant.
  1. hanging or suspended: a pendent lamp.
  2. overhanging; jutting; projecting: pendent cliffs.
  3. undecided; undetermined; pending: a lawsuit that is still pendent.
  4. impending.
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  1. pendant.
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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 formspend·ent·ly, adverbnon·pend·ent, adjectivenon·pend·ent·ly, adverbsem·i·pend·ent, adjectiveun·pend·ent, adjective
Can be confusedpendant pendent pennant pundit
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Related Words for pendent

undetermined, unclear, uncertain, hesitant, doubtful, uncommitted, wavering, unsure, vague, ambivalent, problematic, unresolved, clouded, drooping, open, owing, moot, waffling, jutting, projecting

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Historical Examples of pendent

  • He grovelled on the divan heavy in thought and with pendent arms.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • 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.

  • The pendent ornament called a tassel is a diminutive of Mid.

  • Mrs. Hooven had pendent earrings of imitation jet in her ears.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

British Dictionary definitions for pendent


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


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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