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

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