Hypertext Webster Gateway: "dependent"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dependent \De*pend"ent\, n.
1. One who depends; one who is sustained by another, or who
relies on another for support of favor; a hanger-on; a
retainer; as, a numerous train of dependents.

A host of dependents on the court, suborned to play
their part as witnesses. --Hallam.

2. That which depends; corollary; consequence.

With all its circumstances and dependents. --Prynne.

Note: See the Note under {Dependant}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

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; contingent or conditioned; subordinate;
-- often with on or upon; as, dependent on God; dependent
upon friends.

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

{Dependent covenant} or {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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: not independent; "dependent children" [ant: {independent}]
2: contingent on something else [syn: {dependant}, {qualified}]
3: (grammar) of a clause; unable to stand alone syntactically
as a complete sentence; "a subordinate (or dependent)
clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a
sentence" [syn: {subordinate}] [ant: {independent}]
4: being under the power or sovereignty of another or others;
"subject peoples"; "a dependent prince" [syn: {subject}]
5: addicted to a drug [syn: {dependant}, {drug-addicted}, {hooked},
n : a person who relies on another person for support
(especially financial support) [syn: {dependant}]

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