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:


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)

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)

Social Security, for example - I'm 43. I've paid into the system. You know what? That money has been stolen from me. I know that my parents who are on Social Security - they've got to continue to receive it. They're dependent on it. It is their primary source of income.

-- Joe Miller (American Politician)

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

-- Lionel Blue (British Clergyman)

I've always been a composer dependent on texts.

-- David Del Tredici (American Composer)

The female of the genus homo is economically dependent on the male. He is her food supply.

-- Charlotte Perkins Gilman (American Writer)

Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.

-- Denis Waitley (American Writer)

Gold and silver, like other commodities, have an intrinsic value, which is not arbitrary, but is dependent on their scarcity, the quantity of labour bestowed in procuring them, and the value of the capital employed in the mines which produce them.

-- David Ricardo (British Economist)

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)

I have a hard time defending the production of candy, given that it is basically crack for children and makes them dependent in unwholesome ways.

-- Steve Almond (American Writer)

Through the continued accumulation of detailed and reliable knowledge about elementary reactions, we will be in a better position to understand, predict and control many time-dependent macroscopic chemical processes which are important in nature or to human society.

-- Yuan T. Lee ( Scientist)

The fact that he didn't get credit for a while is more the story of social injustice. But his own spirit wasn't driven by that, and wasn't dependent upon that. He just wished he had the cash to go to medical school.

-- Mary Stuart Masterson (American Actress)

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)

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)

This is a basic requirement the meaning of globalization is that we should admit that the economy of each country is dependent on the economy of all the others.

-- Richard Grasso (American Businessman)

Heart and head are the constituent parts of character; temperament has almost nothing to do with it, and, therefore, character is dependent upon education, and is susceptible of being corrected and improved.

-- Giacomo Casanova (Italian Celebrity)

People who get through life dependent on other people's possessions are always the first to lecture you on how little possessions count.

-- Ben Elton (British Comedian)

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

-- Solomon Ortiz (American Politician)

As we know from the work of certain fundamental physicists, people like Einstein were very dependent upon conjuring up visual images in order to imagine things which otherwise were not easily formulated.

-- Jonathan Miller (British Entertainer)

Tens of thousands of South Florida jobs are dependent on the trade and commerce that our ports provide, and we have to make sure that we spend our security dollars wisely.

-- Kendrick Meek (American Politician)

I wish people would realize that animals are totally dependent on us, helpless, like children, a trust that is put upon us.

-- James Herriot (British Writer)

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)

The Spiral Gallery may happen, too. It is not dependent on government funding.

-- Daniel Libeskind (Polish Architect)

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 country remains dependent on oil. But as we are now learning, oil is becoming increasingly scarce.

-- Armstrong Williams (American Journalist)

The high prices also highlight the fact that the U.S. is too heavily dependent on fossil fuels that we import from unstable parts of the world. To protect our national security, we must become more energy secure.

-- Dan Lipinski (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)

Well, gauge theory is very fundamental to our understanding of physical forces these days. But they are also dependent on a mathematical idea, which has been around for longer than gauge theory has.

-- Roger Penrose (English Physicist)

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)

We stand in the shadow of Jefferson who believed that a society founded upon the rule of law and liberty was dependent upon public education and the diffusion of knowledge.

-- Matt Blunt (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)

The main purpose of Social Security is to redistribute wealth, to make an increasingly large number of Americans dependent on government for their basic needs in their retirement years.

-- Neal Boortz (American Journalist)

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)

We shouldn't be so dependent on foreign oil.

-- Jon Corzine (American Politician)

A woman doesn't just love a man. She loves who he is. And, who he is is dependent on what he needs.

-- James MacArthur (American Actor)


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