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;
With all its circumstances and
&fist; See the Note under Dependant.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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