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  • Relying
          At that point I was dependent on financial aid for my tuition
  • (of certain Irish irregular verbs): standing only after a preverbal particle
  • One who relies on another for support
          With two children and an ailing mother, she had three dependents in all
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



DEPENDENT, adj. Reliant upon another's generosity for the support
which you are not in a position to exact from his fears.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue



De*pend"ent (?), a. [L. dependens, -entis, p. pr. dependere. See Depend, and cf. Dependant.] 1. Hanging down; as, a dependent bough or leaf.

2. Relying on, or subject to, something else for support; not able to exist, or sustain itself, or to perform anything, without the will, power, or aid of something else; not self-sustaining; contingent or conditioned; subordinate; -- often with on or upon; as, dependent on God; dependent upon friends.

England, long dependent and degraded, was again a power of the first rank.
Macaulay.

Dependent covenant or contract(Law), one not binding until some connecting stipulation is performed. -- Dependent variable(Math.), a varying quantity whose changes are arbitrary, but are regarded as produced by changes in another variable, which is called the independent variable.

De*pend"ent, n. 1. One who depends; one who is sustained by another, or who relies on another for support of favor; a hanger-on; a retainer; as, a numerous train of dependents.

A host of dependents on the court, suborned to play their part as witnesses.
Hallam.

2. That which depends; corollary; consequence.

With all its circumstances and dependents.
Prynne.

&fist; See the Note under Dependant.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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