pen·​dent | \ ˈpen-dənt How to pronounce pendent (audio) \
variants: or pendant

Definition of pendent

1 : jutting or leaning over : overhanging a pendent cliff
2 : supported from above : suspended icicles pendent from the eaves
3 : remaining undetermined : pending

Examples of pendent in a Sentence

the dining area is lit by tasteful pendent lamps over the tables
Recent Examples on the Web His distinctive speech-music, though a little rougher and breathier these days, has not altered, a shapely sequence of rhythmic, pendent clauses that resolve in a bassless but confiding growl. James Parker, The Atlantic, 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pendent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pendent

Middle English pendaunt

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“Pendent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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pen·​dent | \ ˈpen-dənt \

Legal Definition of pendent

1 : remaining undetermined : pending sense 1 a pendent suit
2 : of, relating to, or being the basis of pendent jurisdiction or pendent party jurisdiction the Supreme Court drew a sharp distinction between pendent claims and pendent partiesNational Law Journal
3 : dependent sense 1 is pendent upon another claim

History and Etymology for pendent

Middle French pendant suspended, present participle of pendre to hang, ultimately from Latin pendēre

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