Meaning of DEPENDENT in English


I. di-ˈpen-dənt adjective

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

Date: 14th century

1. : hanging down


a. : determined or conditioned by another : contingent

plans that are dependent on the weather


(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


a. : not mathematically or statistically independent

a dependent set of vectors

dependent events

b. : equivalent 6a

dependent equations

• de·pen·dent·ly adverb

II. noun

also de·pen·dant -dənt

Date: 1523

1. archaic : dependency

2. : one that is dependent ; especially : a person who relies on another for support

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