American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Contingent on another.
- adj. Subordinate.
- adj. Relying on or requiring the aid of another for support: dependent children.
- adj. Hanging down.
- n. One who relies on another especially for financial support.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Hanging down; pendent: as, a dependent leaf.
- Subordinate; subject to, under the control of, or needing aid from some extraneous source: as, the dependent condition of childhood; all men are largely dependent upon one another.
- Contingent; resultant; derived from as a source; related to some ground or condition: as, an effect may be dependent on some unknown cause.
- Relative: as, dependent beauty (which see, under beauty).
- In law, conditioned on something else: as, the covenant of the purchaser of land to pay for it is usually so expressed in the contract of purchase as to be dependent on performance of the vendor's covenant to convey. Such covenants are usually mutually dependent.
- n. One who depends on or looks to another for support or favor; a retainer: as, the prince was followed by a numerous train of dependents.
- n. That which depends on something else; a consequence; a corollary.
- n. [As the spelling of this class of words depends solely upon whether they happen to be regarded as derived directly from the French or directly from the Latin, and as usage is divided, there is no good reason for insisting upon a distinction in spoiling between the noun and the adjective, as is done by many, the former being spelled dependant and the latter dependent.]
- adj. Relying upon; depending upon
- adj. : standing only after a preverbal particle
- adj. of Scottish Gaelic verb forms Used in questions, negative sentences and after certain particles and prepositions.
- adj. affecting the lower part of the body, such as the legs while standing up, or the back while supine
- n. US One who relies on another for support
- n. grammar An element in phrase or clause structure that is not the head. Includes complements modifiers and determiners.
- n. grammar The aorist subjunctive or subjunctive perfective: a form of 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Hanging down.
- adj. 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
onor upon. Opposite of independent.
- adj. conditional; contingent or conditioned. Opposite of
- adj. addicted to drugs.
- n. One who depends; one who is sustained by another, or who relies on another for financial support or favor; a hanger-on; a retainer.
- n. That which depends; corollary; consequence.
- adj. being under the power or sovereignty of another or others
- adj. held from above
- n. a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)
- adj. contingent on something else
- adj. addicted to a drug
- adj. (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence
- adj. relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed
- Originally dependant, from French dépendant, present participle of dépendre ("to hang down") (in English assimilated to Latin dēpendēntem). (Wiktionary)
“Preferring the term dependent to interdependent is more than an acknowledgement that dependence (of all) necessarily implies inter-dependence.”
“From an epistemological point of view, this makes our ability to pick out the extension of a term dependent on our knowledge of its intension.”
“Some U.S. officials believe Pakistan wants the U.S. to remain dependent on the ISI for that intelligence.”
“My wife is a diabetic who is insulin dependent to the tune of $450 a month in insulin.”
“But if we remain dependent on them for too long, they end up stunting our development.”
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“But magazines that remain dependent on mass circulation and traditional advertising models will be locked into a downward pricing spiral in both their advertising and subscription business, requiring them to grow their rate base and reduce their ad rates -- a costly and unsustainable model for all but a few.”
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“Stanton MC, Delaney D, Zderic SA, Moreland RS: Partial bladder outlet obstruction abolishes the receptor and G-protein dependent increase in calcium sensitivity in rabbit bladder smooth muscle.”
“Similarity of insulin dependent diabetics '(IDD) and non-insulin dependent diabetics' (NIDD) levels of beta-hCG and unconjugated estriol with controls: no need to adjust as with AFP.”
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