dependent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally dependant, from French dépendant, present participle of dépendre (to depend) (in English assimilated to Latin dēpendēntem).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dɪˈpɛndənt/
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  • Hyphenation: de‧pend‧ent

Adjective[edit]

dependent (comparative more dependent, superlative most dependent)

  1. Relying upon; depending upon.
    • 2013 June 7, Joseph Stiglitz, “Globalisation is about taxes too”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 19: 
      It is time the international community faced the reality: we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. […] It is the starving of the public sector which has been pivotal in America no longer being the land of opportunity – with a child's life prospects more dependent on the income and education of its parents than in other advanced countries.
    At that point I was dependent on financial aid for my tuition.
  2. (of Scottish Gaelic, Manx and Irish verb forms) Used in questions, negative sentences and after certain particles and prepositions.
  3. (medicine) Affecting the lower part of the body, such as the legs while standing up, or the back while supine.
  4. Hanging down.
    a dependent bough or leaf

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Noun[edit]

dependent (plural dependents)

  1. (US) One who relies on another for support
    With two children and an ailing mother, she had three dependents in all ... (In British English, this meaning is spelt dependant.)
  2. (grammar) An element in phrase or clause structure that is not the head. Includes complements, modifiers and determiners.
  3. (grammar) The aorist subjunctive or subjunctive perfective: a form of a 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.

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Ladin[edit]

Noun[edit]

dependent m (plural dependenc)

  1. employee

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

dēpendent

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of dēpendeō

Romanian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

dependent m, n

  1. dependent

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