Dependent

Definition of Dependent

De`pend´ent
a.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; subordinate; - often with on or upon; as, dependent on God; dependent upon friends. Opposite of independent.
England, long dependent and degraded, was again a power of the first rank.
- Macaulay.
3.conditional; contingent or conditioned. Opposite of unconditional.
4.addicted to drugs.
Dependent covenant
(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.
n.1.One who depends; one who is sustained by another, or who relies on another for financial support or 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.

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