Meaning of DEPENDENT in English


— dependently , adv.

/di pen"deuhnt/ , adj.

1. relying on someone or something else for aid, support, etc.

2. conditioned or determined by something else; contingent: Our trip is dependent on the weather.

3. subordinate; subject: a dependent territory.

4. Gram. not used in isolation; used only in connection with other forms. In I walked out when the bell rang, when the bell rang is a dependent clause. Cf. independent (def. 14), main 1 (def. 4).

5. hanging down; pendent.

6. Math.

a. (of a variable) having values determined by one or more independent variables.

b. (of an equation) having solutions that are identical to those of another equation or to those of a set of equations.

7. Statistics. (of an event or a value) not statistically independent.


8. a person who depends on or needs someone or something for aid, support, favor, etc.

9. 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.

10. Archaic. a subordinate part.

Also, dependant .

[ 1375-1425; late ME dependaunt. See DEPEND, -ENT ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .