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dependent

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adjective de·pen·dent \di-ˈpen-dənt\

Simple Definition of dependent

  • : decided or controlled by something else

  • : needing someone or something else for support, help, etc.

  • : addicted to alcohol or a drug

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dependent

  1. 1 :  hanging down

  2. 2 a :  determined or conditioned by another :  contingent <plans that are dependent on the weather> b (1) :  relying on another for support <dependent children> (2) :  affected with a drug dependence c :  subject to another's jurisdiction <a dependent territory> d :  subordinate 3a <dependent clauses>

  3. 3 a :  not mathematically or statistically independent <a dependent set of vectors> <dependent events> b :  equivalent 6a <dependent equations>

dependently adverb

Examples of dependent in a sentence

  1. He has been alcohol dependent for several years.

  2. <the dependent willow branches swayed in the gentle breeze>



Origin of dependent

Middle English dependant, from Anglo-French, present participle of dependre


First Known Use: 14th century


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dependent

noun de·pen·dent \-dənt\

Simple Definition of dependent

  • : a person (such as a child) whose food, clothing, etc., you are responsible for providing

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dependent

  1. 1 archaic :  dependency

  2. 2 :  one that is dependent; especially :  a person who relies on another for support

Examples of dependent in a sentence

  1. The insurance provides coverage for workers and their dependents.

  2. a person's spouse and dependents

  3. Do you have any dependents?



1523

First Known Use of dependent

1523

Variants of dependent

also dependant play \-dənt\


DEPENDENT Defined for Kids

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dependent

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adjective de·pen·dent \di-ˈpen-dənt\

Definition of dependent for Students

  1. 1 :  determined by something or someone else <Our plans are dependent on the weather.>

  2. 2 :  relying on someone else for support

  3. 3 :  requiring or addicted to a drug or alcohol




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dependent

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noun de·pen·dent

Definition of dependent for Students

  1. :  a person who depends upon another for support




Law Dictionary

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dependent

adjective de·pen·dent

Legal Definition of dependent

  1. 1 :  determined or conditioned by another :  contingent

  2. 2a :  relying on another for esp. financial support b :  lacking the necessary means of support or protection and in need of aid from others (as a public agency) <have the child declared dependent and taken away from his or her parents — L. H. Tribe>

  3. 3 :  subject to another's jurisdiction <the United States and its dependent territories>




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dependent

noun de·pen·dent

Legal Definition of dependent

  1. :  a person who is dependent; especially :  a close relative or member of a taxpayer's household who receives over half of his or her support from the taxpayer and is a U.S. citizen, national, or resident, or a resident of a bordering country (as Mexico) — see also dependency exemption at exemption





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