Definitions of dependent

  1. being under the power or sovereignty of another or others; " subject peoples"; " a dependent prince"
  2. not independent; " dependent children"
  3. ( grammar) 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"
  4. 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"
  5. Hanging down; as, a dependent bough or leaf.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. That which depends; corollary; consequence.
  9. Hanging down; relying on someone or something else for support; conditional; subordinate.
  10. One who relies on another for support; something which hangs down.
  11. Dependant.
  12. One who depends on, relies on, or is sustained by another.
  13. Depending: relying or resting on: subject to: subordinate.
  15. Depending upon something exterior; subordinate; contingent; needy.
  16. Hanging down; pendent.
  17. One who depends on another; a retainer.
  18. A consequence; corollary; dependant.
  19. Hanging down; connected with as effect; subsisting or supported by; subject to; relying on for support, favour, or benefit.
  20. One who is dependent on another for support or favour; a retainer; that which depends on something else.

Usage examples for dependent

  1. The rest of her life, therefore, was spent as a dependent in the Molyneux's house, Sweetbriars, Tramore. – Lafcadio Hearn by Nina H. Kennard
  2. Though I doubt not Jahangir will treat you generously in his altered mood, I would not have you wholly dependent on his tardy grace. – The Great Mogul by Louis Tracy
  3. It- it made me mad that you should be ordered about like a child- dependent upon another person's will. – Lady Rose's Daughter by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  4. I am dependent on Blanche for hostess. – Lady Rose's Daughter by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  5. Of course we will always help him, but you know what it is to be dependent on relatives." – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  6. Canada, during the winter, had no independent means of access to the sea, but was dependent on the favour of a neighbour which, in several ways, had shown a hostile spirit. – George Brown by John Lewis
  7. Alcock's book was followed by many others, and twenty- five years ago the world was so far from being dependent on Kaemfer for its knowledge of Japan that, as I have said, it had even then quite a library of recent and reliable books in regard to that country. – The Empire of the East by H. B. Montgomery
  8. Perhaps I do understand the human figure and all that is dependent upon it. – Weird Tales. Vol. I by E. T. A. Hoffmann
  9. I have quite a battalion of lost causes dependent on me now. – An Unknown Lover by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  10. On the contrary, you and Aunt Matilda are dependent upon me, and have been for a good many years. – Master of the Vineyard by Myrtle Reed
  11. One has a book to write, another a business to carry on, another a dependent to support. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  12. " That means that I must be altogether dependent on your charity," she said, looking into his face through her tears. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  13. These people are so dependent upon me, and I can do so many little things for them. – A Girl of the Klondike by Victoria Cross
  14. It is so very sad, Oliver, for his delicate wife and four young children are entirely dependent upon him and his two sons- and they found it difficult enough to make the two ends meet, even when they were all in health; for it is hard times among the miners at present, as you know, Oliver; and now- dear, dear, it is very, very sad. – Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines by R.M. Ballantyne
  15. Philip was very dependent on the gossip his mother and sister brought him from the world outside. – Lady Merton, Colonist by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  16. However, when she was up, she determined to find her own breakfast; she felt it would not do to be too dependent, and on a person of uncertain humor; such for the moment she chose to pretend to herself was Hazel. – Foul Play by Charles Reade Dion Boucicault
  17. Hilda would not let him go to her that morning, so she was in ignorance of the change in his condition, of his break with his family, and of the fact that he was nothing but a boy with a job, dependent upon his wages. – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  18. And one felt it was only she who made the people who were dependent upon her do her way, because she herself was so selfish, and that the rest of the world were free if once one got outside. – Red Hair by Elinor Glyn