Dependent meaning

dĭ-pĕndənt
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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."

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Relying on or requiring the aid or support of another.

Adult children who are still dependent on their parents.

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A person who depends on someone else for existence, support, etc.
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Dependent is defined as someone who relies on someone else for their existence.

An example of a dependent is the child of a man.

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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.

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Dependent clause.
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Determined, influenced, or controlled by something else.
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Subordinate to another clause, phrase, or word.
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Influenced, controlled, or determined by something else; contingent.
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Relying (on another) for support or aid.
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Determined, influenced, or controlled by something else.
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Needing to continue use of a drug or other substance or engagement in a specific activity in order to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

Dependent on alcohol.

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A person relying on another for financial support; a relative for whom a taxpayer may claim an exemption on his income tax return.
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Relying upon; depending upon.

At that point I was dependent on financial aid for my tuition.

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(of Scottish Gaelic, Manx and Irish verb forms) Used in questions, negative sentences and after certain particles and prepositions.
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(medicine) Affecting the lower part of the body, such as the legs while standing up, or the back while supine.
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Hanging down.

A dependent bough or leaf.

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(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.)

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(grammar) An element in phrase or clause structure that is not the head. Includes complements, modifiers and determiners.
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(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.
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Dependent variable.
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Hanging down.
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One who relies on another, especially for financial support.
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Hanging down.
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Subordinate.
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Addicted.
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A subordinate part.
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Origin of dependent

  • Originally dependant, from French dépendant, present participle of dépendre (“to hang down”) (in English assimilated to Latin dēpendēntem).

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