I. adjective Etymology: Middle English dependant, from Anglo-French, present participle of dependre Date: 14th century 1. hanging down 2. a. determined or conditioned by another ; contingent <
plans that are dependent on the weather
b. (1) relying on another for support <
dependent children
(2) affected with a drug dependence c. subject to another's jurisdiction <
a dependent territory
d. subordinate 3a <
dependent clauses
3. a. not mathematically or statistically independent <
a dependent set of vectors
dependent events
b. equivalent 6a <
dependent equations
dependently adverb II. noun also dependant Date: 1523 1. archaic dependency 2. one that is dependent; especially a person who relies on another for support

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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