from The Century Dictionary.

  • Half dependent or depending.


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  • Free persons who were not members of a community—aliens, illegitimate children, freed slaves—were semidependent and had restricted rights.

    F. The Neo-Persian Empire of the Sassanians, 223-651 C.E

  • This helplessness of a semidependent and uneducated girl may be further illustrated by the chronicle of Alice Anderson, a girl of seventeen, who had been working in the department stores for three years and a half.

    Making Both Ends Meet The income and outlay of New York working girls

  • With the abandonment of hunting and war and the tardy adoption of a slothful, semidependent agriculture, the frame has lost something of its stalwart vigor; with the adaptation of the white man’s costume and the incomplete assimilation of his hygiene, various weaknesses and disorders have been developed; and through imitation the erstwhile luxuriant hair is cropped, and the beard, made scanty through generations of extirpation, is commonly cultivated.

    The Siouan Indians


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