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pendent

[pen-duh nt] /ˈpɛn dənt/
adjective, Also, pendant
1.
hanging or suspended:
a pendent lamp.
2.
overhanging; jutting; projecting:
pendent cliffs.
3.
undecided; undetermined; pending:
a lawsuit that is still pendent.
4.
noun
5.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; < Latin pendent- (stem of pendēns), present participle of pendēre to hang; replacing Middle English pendaunt < Anglo-French (Old French pendant), present participle of pendre < Latin pendēre; see pendant
Related forms
pendently, adverb
nonpendent, adjective
nonpendently, adverb
semipendent, adjective
unpendent, adjective
Can be confused
pendant, pendent, pennant, pundit.
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  • Here were lengths of wall in slabs of purple sandstone, some carved and others plain, all plumed with pendent ferns.
  • pendent type heads may be used where necessary due to spacing, location, and position requirements.
  • The erect to pendent inflorescence arises laterally from the base of the pseudobulb.
British Dictionary definitions for pendent

pendent

/ˈpɛndənt/
adjective
1.
dangling
2.
jutting
3.
(of a grammatical construction) incomplete: a pendent nominative is a construction having no verb
4.
a less common word for pending (sense 2), pending (sense 3)
noun
5.
a variant spelling of pendant
Derived Forms
pendency, noun
pendently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French pendant, from pendre to hang; see pendant
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Word Origin and History for pendent
adj.

c.1600 respelling of Middle English pendaunt "hanging, overhanging" (late 14c., from Old French pendant; see pendant) on model of its Latin original, pendentem.

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