parasitic parasitical leechlike bloodsucking
Dependent De*pend"ent, a. [L. dependens, -entis, p. pr. dependere. See {Depend}, and cf. {Dependant}.] 1. Hanging down; as, a dependent bough or leaf. [1913 Webster]

2. Relying on, or subject to, something else for support; not able to exist, or sustain itself, or to perform anything, without the will, power, or aid of something else; not self-sustaining; subordinate; -- often with on or upon; as, dependent on God; dependent upon friends. Opposite of {independent}. [Narrower terms: {interdependent, mutualist, mutually beneficial}; {parasitic, parasitical, leechlike, bloodsucking}; {subordinate}; {underage}; {myrmecophilous}; {symbiotic}] Also See: {unfree}. [1913 Webster]

England, long dependent and degraded, was again a power of the first rank. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. conditional; contingent or conditioned. Opposite of {unconditional}.

Syn: qualified. [WordNet 1.5]

4. addicted to drugs.

Syn: addicted, dependent, drug-addicted, hooked, strung-out. [WordNet 1.5]

{Dependent covenant} or {Dependent contract} (Law), one not binding until some connecting stipulation is performed.

{Dependent variable} (Math.), a varying quantity whose changes are arbitrary, but are regarded as produced by changes in another variable, which is called the {independent variable}. [1913 Webster]


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  • bloodsucking — loodsucking adj. 1. drawing blood from the body of another; as, a plague of bloodsucking insects. [WordNet 1.5] 2. having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another; of plants or persons; as, a bloodsucking blackmailer;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parasitic — adjective 1. relating to or caused by parasites parasitic infection • Syn: ↑parasitical • Pertains to noun: ↑parasite (for: ↑parasitical), ↑parasite …   Useful english dictionary

  • bloodsucking — adjective 1. drawing blood from the body of another (Freq. 1) a plague of bloodsucking insects • Similar to: ↑bloody 2. of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another a wealthy class parasitic upon… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Parasitical — Parasitic Par a*sit ic (p[a^]r [.a]*s[i^]t [i^]k), Parasitical Par a*sit ic*al (p[a^]r [.a]*s[i^]t [i^]*kal), a. [L. parasiticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. parasitique.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of the nature of a parasite; having the habits of a parasite; fawning… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Parasitic — Par a*sit ic (p[a^]r [.a]*s[i^]t [i^]k), Parasitical Par a*sit ic*al (p[a^]r [.a]*s[i^]t [i^]*kal), a. [L. parasiticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. parasitique.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of the nature of a parasite; having the habits of a parasite; fawning for food… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Parasitic gull — Parasitic Par a*sit ic (p[a^]r [.a]*s[i^]t [i^]k), Parasitical Par a*sit ic*al (p[a^]r [.a]*s[i^]t [i^]*kal), a. [L. parasiticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. parasitique.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of the nature of a parasite; having the habits of a parasite; fawning… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Parasitic jager — Parasitic Par a*sit ic (p[a^]r [.a]*s[i^]t [i^]k), Parasitical Par a*sit ic*al (p[a^]r [.a]*s[i^]t [i^]*kal), a. [L. parasiticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. parasitique.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of the nature of a parasite; having the habits of a parasite; fawning… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leechlike — adjective of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another a wealthy class parasitic upon the labor of the masses parasitic vines that strangle the trees bloodsucking blackmailer his indolent leechlike… …   Useful english dictionary

  • parasitical — adjective 1. relating to or caused by parasites parasitic infection • Syn: ↑parasitic • Pertains to noun: ↑parasite, ↑parasite (for: ↑parasitic) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dependent — De*pend ent, a. [L. dependens, entis, p. pr. dependere. See {Depend}, and cf. {Dependant}.] 1. Hanging down; as, a dependent bough or leaf. [1913 Webster] 2. Relying on, or subject to, something else for support; not able to exist, or sustain… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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