• IPA: /dɪˈpɛndənt/


  1. Relying upon; depending upon.
    At that point I was dependent on financial aid for my tuition.
  2. (statistics) Having a probability that is affected by the outcome of a separate event.
    • 2005, Alejandro Balbás, Rosario Romera, Esther Ruiz, Recent Advances in Applied Probability, Springer, page 49:
      Within the GMM framework, the distribution of returns conditional on the market return can be both serially dependent and conditionally heteroscedastic.
    • 2006, M.M. Rao and Randall J. Swift, Probability Theory with Applications (Second Edition), Springer, page 87:
      Is it possible to find events A, B of Ω so that A and B are independent? The answer to this simple and interesting problem is no. A probability space (Ω,Σ,P) is called a “dependent probability space” if there are no nontrivial independent events in Ω, (Ω,Σ,P) is called an independent space otherwise.
  3. (of Scottish Gaelic, Manx and Irish verb forms) Used in questions, negative sentences and after certain particles and prepositions.
  4. (medicine) Affecting the lower part of the body, such as the legs while standing up, or the back while supine.
  5. Hanging down.
    a dependent bough or leaf
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dependent (plural dependents)

  1. (US) One who relies on another for support
    With two children and an ailing mother, she had three dependents in all.
  2. (grammar) An element in phrase or clause structure that is not the head. Includes complements, modifiers and determiners.
  3. (grammar) The aorist subjunctive or subjunctive perfective: a form of a verb not used independently but preceded by a particle to form the negative or a tense form. Found in Greek and in the Gaelic languages.
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