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:


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)

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)

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 ( -)

This is a bipartisan effort. This is just good common sense. This is where the public wants us to go. They want us to not be so dependent on foreign oil.

-- Sam Brownback (American Politician)

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)

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)

We shouldn't be so dependent on foreign oil.

-- Jon Corzine (American Politician)

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

-- Armstrong Williams (American Journalist)

The unphilosophical majority among men are the ones most helplessly dependent on their era's dominant ideas.

-- Leonard Peikoff (Canadian Philosopher)

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)

Success is dependent upon the glands - sweat glands.

-- Zig Ziglar (American Author)

As we have seen, the wireless and the airplane have made the world so small and nations so dependent on each other that the only alternative to war is the United States of the World.

-- John Boyd Orr (Scottish 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)

Our country presents on every side the evidences of that continued favor under whose auspices it, has gradually risen from a few feeble and dependent colonies to a prosperous and powerful confederacy.

-- Martin Van Buren (American President)

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)

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)

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)

The security of the United States, which is so dependent on having accurate and timely intelligence, is not a Republican or a Democratic issue.

-- Saxby Chambliss (American Politician)

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)

It is a political thriller. It's very action packed and it's very exciting, but at the same time it's a very big soulful love story about longing and loss. They're not separate, they're completely dependent on one another.

-- Rachel Weisz (British Actress)

All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.

-- James F. Cooper (American Novelist)

We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on it's vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to it's security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.

-- Adlai E. Stevenson (American Politician)

There is a world of communication which is not dependent on words.

-- Mary Martin ( Actress)

Our children's health and well-being are dependent on our commitment to promoting food access and good eating habits at home, at school and in the community.

-- Rod Blagojevich (American Politician)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

When drugs came around I sampled them just like anybody else but I never became dependent creatively on drugs; like various cartoonists in the underground never did anything if they weren't stoned, That was the prerequisite for sitting down and drawing.

-- Bill Griffith (American Cartoonist)

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

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

In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.

-- Karl Marx (German Philosopher)

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)

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)

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

-- Lionel Blue (British Clergyman)


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