dependent[dē pen′dənt, di-]
A couple with their two dependents.
- The definition of dependent is relying on someone or something else, or a clause that cannot stand alone as a sentence.
- An example of dependent is a child to a parent.
- An example of dependent is "when the rain fell."
- Dependent is defined as someone who relies on someone else for their existence.
An example of a dependent is the child of a man.
- hanging down
- influenced, controlled, or determined by something else; contingent
- relying (on another) for support or aid
Origin of dependentMiddle English ; from Old French dependant ; from Classical Latin dependens, present participle of dependere: see depend
- a person who depends on someone else for existence, support, etc.
- Obsolete a subordinate part
- Determined, influenced, or controlled by something else.
- Grammar Subordinate to another clause, phrase, or word.
- Relying on or requiring the aid or support of another: adult children who are still dependent on their parents.
- Compulsively using a drug or other substance or engaging in a given behavior and unable to stop without experiencing withdrawal or other significant physiological or psychological symptoms: dependent on alcohol.
- Archaic Hanging down.
(comparative more dependent, superlative most dependent)
- Relying upon; depending upon.
- At that point I was dependent on financial aid for my tuition.
- (of Scottish Gaelic, Manx and Irish verb forms) Used in questions, negative sentences and after certain particles and prepositions.
- (medicine) Affecting the lower part of the body, such as the legs while standing up, or the back while supine.
- Hanging down.
- a dependent bough or leaf
- (US) One who relies on another for support
- With two children and an ailing mother, she had three dependents in all ... (In British English, this meaning is spelt dependant.)
- (grammar) An element in phrase or clause structure that is not the head. Includes complements, modifiers and determiners.
- (grammar) The aorist subjunctive or subjunctive perfective: a form of a verb not used independently but preceded by a particle to form the negative or a tense form. Found in Greek and in the Gaelic languages.
Originally dependant, from French dépendant, present participle of dépendre (“to hang down”) (in English assimilated to Latin dēpendēntem).
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