Meaning of DEPENDENT in English



Pronunciation: di- ' pen-d ə nt

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English dependant, from Anglo-French, present participle of dependre

Date: 14th century

1 : hanging down

2 a : determined or conditioned by another : CONTINGENT <plans that are dependent on the weather> b (1) : relying on another for support < dependent children> (2) : affected with a drug dependence c : subject to another's jurisdiction <a dependent territory> d : SUBORDINATE 3A < dependent clauses>

3 a : not mathematically or statistically independent <a dependent set of vectors> < dependent events> b : EQUIVALENT 6A < dependent equations>

– de · pen · dent · ly adverb

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