Definitions for: Dependent


[n] a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)
[adj] addicted to a drug
[adj] contingent on something else
[adj] not independent; "dependent children"
[adj] (grammar) of a clause; unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; "a subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence"
[adj] being under the power or sovereignty of another or others; "subject peoples"; "a dependent prince"



Webster (1913) Definition: De*pend"ent, a. [L. dependens, -entis, p. pr.
dependere. See Depend, and cf. Dependant.]
1. Hanging down; as, a dependent bough or leaf.

2. Relying on, or subject to, something else for support; not
able to exist, or sustain itself, or to perform anything,
without the will, power, or aid of something else; not
self-sustaining; contingent or conditioned; subordinate;
-- often with on or upon; as, dependent on God; dependent
upon friends.

England, long dependent and degraded, was again a
power of the first rank. --Macaulay.

Dependent covenant or contract (Law), one not binding
until some connecting stipulation is performed.

Dependent variable (Math.), a varying quantity whose
changes are arbitrary, but are regarded as produced by
changes in another variable, which is called the
independent variable.


De*pend"ent, n.
1. One who depends; one who is sustained by another, or who
relies on another for support of favor; a hanger-on; a
retainer; as, a numerous train of dependents.

A host of dependents on the court, suborned to play
their part as witnesses. --Hallam.

2. That which depends; corollary; consequence.

With all its circumstances and dependents. --Prynne.

Note: See the Note under Dependant.

Synonyms: addicted, babelike, bloodsucking, conditional, dependant, dependant, dependent on(p), drug-addicted, helpless, hooked, interdependent, leechlike, mutualist, mutually beneficial, myrmecophilous, parasitic, parasitical, qualified, reliant, reliant on(p), strung-out, subject, subordinate, symbiotic, underage

Antonyms: independent, main(a)

See Also: charge, minion, receiver, recipient, unfree




Famous Quotes Containing Dependent:


Old friends die on you, and they're irreplaceable. You become dependent.

-- Lionel Blue (British Clergyman)

We can get more energy out of the north slope of Alaska; we have available the ability to make ourselves less dependent on those uncertain sources of supply from the Middle East. And it's important we do that.

-- John W. Snow (American Economist)

Education makes children less dependent upon others and opens doors to better jobs and career possibilities.

-- Solomon Ortiz (American Politician)

That is what has happened to the United States in the international economic scene. We have deteriorated into a debtor status so that we are now dependent upon the kindness of strangers. That is not where the world's leading power should find itself.

-- Paul Sarbanes (American Politician)

I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs.

-- James Herriot (British Writer)

I do not think our priorities are misplaced when we are looking at creating a whole new class of children from these gay marriages who could end up completely dependent on the State, on the taxpayers - the American people.

-- James Inhofe (American Politician)

As long as we're dependent on those fossil fuels, we're dependent on the Middle East. If we are not victims, we're certainly captives.

-- John McHugh (American Politician)

Last year, I was proud to be an original co-sponsor of legislation that would increase federal judges' salaries by more than 40 percent. It also built in a cost of living adjustment, so the Judicial Branch would not be dependent on the Legislative Branch for increases each year.

-- Debbie Wasserman Schultz (American Politician)

Any Ambassador or Foreign Service Officer who has his or her head screwed on right knows that the U.S. position in the world is far more dependent on our ability to compete in world markets.

-- Lawrence Eagleburger (American Diplomat)

Our ties are deep and long-standing. We are dependent on each other. And no matter what the issue of the day, whether it be softwood lumber, whether it be a war in Iraq, we need to continue to work together.

-- Paul Cellucci (American Politician)

There is nothing worse that a thirteen-year-old boy. You're embarrassed by your parents, and you're trying to find your independance because, deep inside, you are so dependent on your mom.

-- Ben Affleck (American Actor)

My parents had a wonderful marriage, but it was a very dependent relationship. My mother was entirely dependent on my father because that's how it was in those days.

-- Erika Slezak (American Actress)

Slovakia's joining the OECD in 1999 is totally dependent on meeting economic reforms required such as transparency and legislation that permits fair and open conduct of trade and business.

-- John Mica (American Politician)

It's nice to play a character that has a soulful, dependent, close relationship. It must mean my character is interesting in some way.

-- Jeff Goldblum (American Actor)

When approved, the SAFE Port Act will make progress toward protecting the physical infrastructure of our seaports as well as our national economy which is so clearly dependent on the commercial shipping business.

-- Lucille Roybal-Allard ( -)

The magnetic cleavage of the spectral lines is dependent on the size of the charge of the electron, or, more accurately, on the ratio between the mass and the charge of the electron.

-- Pieter Zeeman (Dutch Physicist)

The success of each is dependent upon the success of the other.

-- John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (American Businessman)

Television's very dependent on images. That's not what news is.

-- Kurt Loder (American Journalist)

As the mainstream media has become increasingly dependent on advertising revenues for support, it has become an anti-democratic force in society.

-- Robert McChesney (American Critic)

There are as many jobs for younger Americans as there are for other Americans of every age group in political campaigns. Campaigns are very labor intensive and volunteer dependent.

-- Marc Racicot (American Politician)

The amount of detailed information which an individual has at his command and his theoretical elaborations of the same are mutually dependent; they grow in and through each other.

-- Hermann Ebbinghaus (German Psychologist)

Democratic leaders, whose power is ultimately dependent on popular support, are held accountable for failing to improve the lives of their citizens. Therefore, they have a powerful incentive to keep their societies peaceful and prosperous.

-- Natan Sharansky (Russian Writer)

That Germany was so immensely strong and Austria so dependent upon German strength that the word and will of Germany would at the critical moment be decisive with Austria.

-- Edward Grey (British Politician)

And we know that once we have a majority that are dependent upon the government, we will lose our freedom; it says we go into bondage. That's the next stage.

-- Sharron Angle (American Politician)

It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.

-- David Herbert Lawrence (English Writer)

With acting I am being led by the script, other actors, the director, etc. But with songwriting I feel it is much more self reliant and allows me to be in the creative experience without being as dependent on others.

-- Helen Slater (American Actress)

On the other hand, now that I'm not dependent on fiction for my income, I've been writing more short stories despite the fact that there's no real paying market for short horror other than Cemetery Dance.

-- George Stephen (Canadian Businessman)

I was always crazy about New York, dependent on it, scared of it - well, it is dangerous - but beyond that there was the pressure of being young and of not yet having done work you really liked, trademark work, breakthrough work.

-- Harold Brodkey (American Author)

One of the reasons I think Dark Shadows still runs is that it's dependent on nothing else other than a story.

-- David Selby (American Actor)

Thus the sum of things is ever being reviewed, and mortals dependent one upon another. Some nations increase, others diminish, and in a short space the generations of living creatures are changed and like runners pass on the torch of life.

-- Lucretius (Roman Poet)

Success is dependent upon the glands - sweat glands.

-- Zig Ziglar (American Author)

The more we learn of science, the more we see that its wonderful mysteries are all explained by a few simple laws so connected together and so dependent upon each other, that we see the same mind animating them all.

-- Olympia Brown (American Activist)

Disney had made such a great deal of money on Snow White that the banks gave him the go-ahead on the next three films. But he was heavily dependent on the foreign market.

-- Marc Davis (American Artist)

As far as the Russians were concerned, I felt the reverse; they had adequate gold, if they wanted to buy, and they weren't dependent upon international trade. I felt they were more self-sufficient.

-- W. Averell Harriman (American Politician)

Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge, but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it.

-- Zhuangzi (Chinese Philosopher)


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