dependent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dependent addicted to a drug
    • adj dependent contingent on something else
    • adj dependent relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed "dependent children","dependent on moisture"
    • adj dependent (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"
    • adj dependent being under the power or sovereignty of another or others "subject peoples","a dependent prince"
    • adj dependent held from above "a pendant bunch of grapes"
    • n dependent a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Depending on the size, it can take an oyster anywhere from few months to many years to form a pearl
    • Dependent addicted to drugs.
    • Dependent conditional; contingent or conditioned. Opposite of unconditional.
    • Dependent Hanging down; as, a dependent bough or leaf.
    • Dependent 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."
    • Dependent 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. "England, long dependent and degraded, was again a power of the first rank."
    • Dependent That which depends; corollary; consequence. "With all its circumstances and dependents ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Amazon ants (red ants found in the western U.S.) steal the larvae of other ants to keep as slaves. The slave ants build homes for and feed the Amazon ants, who cannot do anything but fight. They depend completely on their slaves for survival.
    • dependent Hanging down; pendent: as, a dependent leaf.
    • dependent Subordinate; subject to, under the control of, or needing aid from some extraneous source: as, the dependent condition of childhood; all men are largely dependent upon one another.
    • dependent Contingent; resultant; derived from as a source; related to some ground or condition: as, an effect may be dependent on some unknown cause.
    • dependent Relative: as, dependent beauty (which see, under beauty).
    • dependent In law, conditioned on something else: as, the covenant of the purchaser of land to pay for it is usually so expressed in the contract of purchase as to be dependent on performance of the vendor's covenant to convey. Such covenants are usually mutually dependent.
    • n dependent One who depends on or looks to another for support or favor; a retainer: as, the prince was followed by a numerous train of dependents.
    • n dependent That which depends on something else; a consequence; a corollary.
    • n dependent [As the spelling of this class of words depends solely upon whether they happen to be regarded as derived directly from the French or directly from the Latin, and as usage is divided, there is no good reason for insisting upon a distinction in spoiling between the noun and the adjective, as is done by many, the former being spelled dependant and the latter dependent.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 90% of us depend on alarm clocks to wake us.
    • Dependent depending, relying on, contingent, relative
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Quotations

  • Francesco Guicciardini
    Francesco Guicciardini
    “Affairs that depend on many rarely succeed.”
  • Marina Warner
    Marina Warner
    “The vocabulary of pleasure depends on the imagery of pain.”
  • Madonna
    Madonna
    “Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.”
  • Thomas Robert Malthus
    Thomas Robert Malthus
    “Hard as it may appear in individual cases, dependent poverty ought to be held disgraceful.”
  • Cotvos
    Cotvos
    “All the power that we exercise over others depends on the power we exercise over ourselves.”
  • St. Augustine
    St.%20Augustine
    “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dependens, -entis, p. pr. dependere,. See Depend, and cf. Dependant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. dépendre—L. dependērede, from, and pendēre, to hang.

Usage

In literature:

It depends upon your behaviour now, whether you are to see her at all in England.
"Evan Harrington, Complete" by George Meredith
And he added thoughtfully, 'It depends on one's temperament.
"Born in Exile" by George Gissing
But I had become satisfied that Burnside would not be rescued if his relief depended upon General Granger's movements.
"Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete" by U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan
I do not think it is a good kind of fame which depends on a personal performance rather than upon a man's usefulness to the human race.
"At Large" by Arthur Christopher Benson
For that would be to run in a circle, and make one idea depend on another, while at the same time the latter depends on the former.
"A Treatise of Human Nature" by David Hume
Don't put it off, as the sale does so much depend on early notices.
"The Way We Live Now" by Anthony Trollope
We are more dependent upon these things than is often thought.
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
It depends entirely upon how well one knows and follows the correct rules.
"Book of Etiquette, Volume 2" by Lillian Eichler Watson
Depend, depend upon it, I will die sooner than be Mr. Solmes's.
"Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
It may be well to note that successful roasting or broiling depends more on the shape of the article to be roasted or broiled than on its weight.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
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In poetry:

The swain surveys her pleased, afraid,
Then low to earth he bends;
And owns, upon her friendly aid,
His health, his life depends.
"Valentine's Day" by William Shenstone
"Inurned and at peace, lost but sainted,
Where grief I could compass;
Depraved—'tis for Christ's poor dependent
A cruel decree!"
"My Cicely" by Thomas Hardy
But you have been a light to me,
A fond and dear, and true Amie;
So what care I for falsest friend,
When on your love I can depend.
"The Love Amie" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
Now haste you, haste you, Jimmy Clarke,
And seek for help in need -
Your comrade's welfare, nay, his life
Depends on your good speed.
"The Gallant Peter Clarke" by Anonymous Oceania
Who told them that those children dear
Now playing at mother's knee,
Depended on their father's strength,
They'd be what father'd be?
"Sam Jones" by Frank Barbour Coffin
So if his blessing he refuse,
Their pow'r to help they quickly lose,
Sure as on creatures we depend,
Our hopes in disappointment end.
"The Creatures In The Lord's Hands" by John Newton

In news:

Depends partly on your age.
While I consider myself a fairly active person no matter what, I do find myself leaning towards lazier options depending on how awful the weather is outside.
Sometimes she talks back, depending on how much wine I've had.
Treatment options for patients with prostate cancer vary depending on a number of factors including, but not limited to age, weight, overall health, grade and stage of disease and other medical conditions.
He performs a similar transformation on "The Game," a mystery thriller that is -- depending on your perspective -- creatively challenging or just plain wacko.
Although higher ed faculty are not as dependent on textbooks as their K-12 counterparts, labor leaders at the state's colleges and universities routinely defend academic freedom .
System performance is dependent upon the various components, software and applications that make up a system.
Depending on what companies have been up to – some are up, some are down – but they all ultimately reflect whatever's been happening on international oil markets.
T he 2012 election, and the existence of a free health-care market in this country, could well depend on a little-known agency called IPAB.
The pressure can increase gradually or suddenly, slightly or dramatically, and for various reasons, depending on the type of glaucoma.
But the old boy anticipated that everything would depend on freedom.
Depending on payment levels, they should adopt one of the following negotiation stances with payers.
Depending upon whom you talk to, the definition of " adjuncts " with regards to brewing can vary widely.
His goal is to decrease dependence on foreign oil.
The puzzles in The Nation are part of a long tradition known as cryptic crosswords, which use a style of clueing more dependent on wit and wordplay than on pure knowledge.
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In science:

In conclusion, careful analysis of ¨Osterlund’s data, contrary to the claim in [1 ], reveals a significant Reynolds number dependence for the parameters describing the ‘overlap’ region and confirms the Reynolds-number-dependent scaling law.
A Note on the Intermediate Region in Turbulent Boundary Layers
The proof of theorem 1 and 2 did not depend on the star structure of L(λ, e) so we can have any dependence on ⋆; in particular we can consider parity violating terms which do not contain any star (or an even number of them).
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation
Xiσ Note, that Hamiltonian (5) contains not only the site dependent parameters εi but due to correlations there appear also λ(2) iσ which are the additional source of, diagonal and spin dependent, disorder.
Interplay of Disorder and Correlations
If C depends on some other parameter (for example, if we are working in SLn , C might need to depend on n) then we will indicate this dependence with subscripts.
Linear Approximate Groups
Yi
Formulas for Joint Probabilities for the Asymmetric Simple Exclusion Process
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