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dependent variable   (dĭ-pěn'dənt)  Pronunciation Key 
In mathematics, a variable whose value is determined by the value of an independent variable. For example, in the formula for the area of a circle, A = πr2, A is the dependent variable, as its value depends on the value of the radius (r). Compare independent variable.
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