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Meaning of dependent

de•pend•ent

Pronunciation: (di-pen'dunt), [key]
— adj.
  1. relying on someone or something else for aid, support, etc.
  2. conditioned or determined by something else; contingent: Our trip is dependent on the weather.
  3. subordinate; subject: a dependent territory.
  4. not used in isolation; used only in connection with other forms. In I walked out when the bell rang, when the bell rang is a dependent clause. Cf. independent (def. 14), (def. 4).
  5. hanging down; pendent.
    1. (of a variable) having values determined by one or more independent variables.
    2. (of an equation) having solutions that are identical to those of another equation or to those of a set of equations.
  6. (of an event or a value) not statistically independent.
—n.
  1. a person who depends on or needs someone or something for aid, support, favor, etc.
  2. a child, spouse, parent, or certain other relative to whom one contributes all or a major amount of necessary financial support: She listed two dependents on her income-tax form.
  3. a subordinate part.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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