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Definition of dependent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

dependent

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noun
BrE BrE//dɪˈpendənt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpendənt//
 
 
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(especially North American English) = dependant Word Origin late Middle English dependant ‘hanging down’, from Old French, present participle of dependre, from Latin dependere, from de- ‘down’ + pendere ‘hang’. The spelling change in the 16th cent. was due to association with the Latin participial stem dependent-.
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