Meaning of DEPENDENT in English

DEPENDENT

■ adjective

1》 ( ~ on ) contingent on or determined by.

2》 relying on someone or something for financial or other support.

↘( ~ on ) unable to do without: ~ on drugs.

3》 Grammar subordinate to another clause, phrase, or word.

■ noun variant spelling of dependant .

Derivatives

dependence noun

~ly adverb

Origin

ME dependant 'hanging down', from OFr., pres. participle of dependre (see depend ).

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