de·pen·dent /dɪˈpɛndənt/ 形容詞
1. One who depends; one who is sustained by another, or who relies on another for financial support or 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.
Note: ☞ See the Note under 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; subordinate; -- often with on or upon; as, dependent on God; dependent upon friends. Opposite of independent. [Narrower terms: interdependent, mutualist, mutually beneficial; parasitic, parasitical, leechlike, bloodsucking; subordinate; underage; myrmecophilous; symbiotic] Also See: unfree.
England, long dependent and degraded, was again a power of the first rank. --Macaulay.
Dependent covenant or Dependent 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.
adj 1: not independent; "dependent children" [ant: independent]
2: contingent on something else [syn: dependant, qualified]
3: of a clause; unable to stand alone syntactically as a
complete sentence; "a subordinate (or dependent) clause
functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a
sentence" [syn: subordinate] [ant: independent]
4: being under the power or sovereignty of another or others;
"subject peoples"; "a dependent prince" [syn: subject]
5: addicted to a drug [syn: dependant, drug-addicted, hooked,
n : a person who relies on another person for support
(especially financial support) [syn: dependant]