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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

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>

de·pen·dent·ly adverb

Examples of dependent

  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

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

  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 de·pen·dant play \-dənt\



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