It matters not a feather whether a patron or a dependant is the nearest at hand for that man who has got no courage in his breast.
I can feel for a dependant now, and set some value on his attachment.'
A dependant was praising his patron for many virtues which he did not possess.
The position was that of a dependant; and how would Tony figure in such a post?
Here(looking at Philip) I am more like a friend than a dependant.
Does not this prove that it is contagious, and not dependant on the atmosphere?
In this munificent spirit of liberality and generosity, he sought to provide for this unfortunate friend and his dependant family.
Yes, I wish you to go into the world, not as a dependant, but as an equal to the world's favourites.
He gradually remitted his attention to his own concerns, and placed more absolute reliance on the fidelity of his dependant.
She was a dependant, a servant: how could she expect such attentions?
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.
dependent de·pend·ent (dĭ-pěn'dənt)
Contingent on or subordinate to another.
Relying on or requiring the aid of another for support.