relying on someone or something else for aid, support, etc.
conditioned or determined by something else; contingent: Our trip is dependent on the weather.
subordinate; subject: a dependent territory.
hanging down; pendent.
- (of a variable) having values determined by one or more independent variables.
- (of an equation) having solutions that are identical to those of another equation or to those of a set of equations.
Statistics. (of an event or a value) not statistically independent.
a person who depends on or needs someone or something for aid, support, favor, etc.
a child, spouse, parent, or certain other relative to whom one contributes all or a major amount of necessary financial support: She listed two dependents on her income-tax form.
Archaic. a subordinate part.
Origin of dependent
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sometimes US dependant
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
- (of a variable) having a value depending on that assumed by a related independent variable
- (of a linear equation) having every solution as a solution of one or more given linear equations
Avoid confusion with dependant
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Contingent on or subordinate to another.
Relying on or requiring the aid of another for support.
One who relies on another especially for financial support.
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