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[pen-juh-luh s, pen-duh-] /ˈpɛn dʒə ləs, ˈpɛn də-/
hanging down loosely:
pendulous blossoms.
swinging freely; oscillating.
vacillating or undecided; wavering.
Origin of pendulous
1595-1605; < Latin pendulus hanging, swinging. See pend, -ulous
Related forms
pendulously, adverb
pendulousness, noun
semipendulous, adjective
semipendulously, adverb
semipendulousness, noun
unpendulous, adjective
unpendulously, adverb
unpendulousness, noun
1. dangling, drooping, pendent, sagging. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pendulous
  • Showy white flowers, hanging in pendulous clusters from the branches, emerge in early spring along with the leaves.
  • But upstairs in the courtrooms, beneath the pendulous chandeliers and the oil portraits of former jurists, a hush prevails.
  • White firs have low canopies and pendulous branches covered with blue-gray needles.
  • So named because of their large size and long pendulous noses on the males.
  • pendulous fruit clusters persist until late winter, becoming more conspicuous after the leaves have fallen.
  • The many long, narrow leaves emerging from a tight tuft are pendulous, with the tips almost touching the ground.
  • If the malignancy is in the pendulous urethra and is superficial, the potential for cure is high.
  • The white-faced males are often seen at this time hovering in a pendulous, bobbing dance near nests, waiting for females.
British Dictionary definitions for pendulous


hanging downwards, esp so as to swing from side to side
Derived Forms
pendulously, adverb
pendulousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pendulus, from pendēre to hang down
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Word Origin and History for pendulous

c.1600, from Latin pendulus "hanging down," figuratively "doubtful, uncertain, hesitating," from pendere "to hang" (see pendant). Related: Pendulously.

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