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dependant

[dih-pen-duh nt] /dɪˈpɛn dənt/
adjective, noun
1.
Related forms
dependantly, adverb
Can be confused
dependant, dependent.
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British Dictionary definitions for dependant

dependant

/dɪˈpɛndənt/
noun
1.
a person who depends on another person, organization, etc, for support, aid, or sustenance, esp financial support

dependent

/dɪˈpɛndənt/
adjective
1.
depending on a person or thing for aid, support, life, etc
2.
(postpositive; foll by on or upon) influenced or conditioned (by); contingent (on)
3.
subordinate; subject: a dependent prince
4.
(obsolete) hanging down
5.
(maths)
  1. (of a variable) having a value depending on that assumed by a related independent variable
  2. (of a linear equation) having every solution as a solution of one or more given linear equations
noun
6.
(grammar) an element in a phrase or clause that is not the governor
7.
a variant spelling (esp US) of dependant
Derived Forms
dependently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dependant
adj.

also dependent, late 14c.; of persons, from 1580s, from French dépendant (adjective and noun), properly present participle of dépendre "to hang down," also "to depend," from Latin dependentem (see depend).

As a noun, from early 15c., originally "action growing out of another action." As with its relative dependence, the Latin-influenced variant (in this case dependent) co-existed through 18c., but with this word the French spelling has proven more durable in English, possibly because it has been found convenient to keep both, one (dependant) for the noun, the other (dependent) for the adjective.

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