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dependent

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adjective de·pen·dent \di-ˈpen-dənt\

Definition of dependent

  1. 1 :  hanging down dependent lamps

  2. 2a :  determined or conditioned by another :  contingent plans that are dependent on the weatherb (1) :  relying on another for support dependent children Their youngest daughter is still dependent on them. (2) :  affected with a drug dependence (see dependence 4) alcohol dependentc :  subject to another's jurisdiction a dependent territoryd grammar :  subordinate 3a dependent clauses

  3. 3 mathematics a :  not mathematically or statistically independent (see 1independent 1e) a dependent set of vectors dependent eventsb :  equivalent 6a dependent equations

dependently

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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 and Etymology of dependent

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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dependent

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noun de·pen·dent \-dənt\
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dependant

Definition of dependent

  1. 1 archaic :  dependency

  2. 2 :  one that is dependent; especially :  a person who relies on another for support an individual's spouse and dependent

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?

Origin and Etymology of dependent

see 1dependent


First Known Use: 1523



DEPENDENT Defined for English Language Learners

dependent

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Definition of dependent for English Language Learners

  • : decided or controlled by something else

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

  • : addicted to alcohol or a drug

dependent

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noun

Definition of dependent for English Language Learners

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


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


Medical Dictionary

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dependent

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adjective de·pen·dent \di-ˈpen-dənt\

Medical Definition of dependent

  1. 1:  unable to exist, sustain oneself, or act appropriately or normally without the assistance or direction of another

  2. 2:  affected with a drug dependence

  3. 3a:  occurring under the influence of gravity dependent drainageb:  affecting the lower part of the body and especially the legs dependent edema

dependently

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dependent

noun de·pen·dent
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dependant

Medical Definition of dependent

  1. :  one that is dependent (as on drugs or a person)


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 especially 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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