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[dih-pen-duh nt] /dɪˈpɛn dənt/
adjective, noun
Related forms
dependantly, adverb
Can be confused
dependant, dependent. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dependant
  • It also makes universities wholly dependant on the economic fortunes of the state and the whims of politicians for funding.
  • Their presence reduces the amount of travel-to-work and broadens the local economy, making it less dependant on agriculture.
  • In the wild, pandas are totally dependant on their mothers for the first few months of their lives.
  • The ethic makeup of the contractor's workforce is dependant on the available labor pool.
  • Not to much dependant on current technology and way of life.
  • The existence of anything is not dependant upon our ability to detect it eg.
  • The size would change each flight dependant on the number paying.
  • The antenna is frequency dependant, not mode dependant.
  • Giving people things does nothing but make them more dependant.
  • Part of speech is dependant on function within the sentence, not the other way around.
British Dictionary definitions for dependant


a person who depends on another person, organization, etc, for support, aid, or sustenance, esp financial support


depending on a person or thing for aid, support, life, etc
(postpositive; foll by on or upon) influenced or conditioned (by); contingent (on)
subordinate; subject: a dependent prince
(obsolete) hanging down
  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
(grammar) an element in a phrase or clause that is not the governor
a variant spelling (esp US) of dependant
Derived Forms
dependently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dependant

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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