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Definition of Dependent

  DEPENDENT   adjective
Reliant upon another's generosity for the support which you are not in a position to exact from his fears.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
d??pend?nt adj. & n. --adj. 1 (usu. foll. by on) depending, conditional, or subordinate. 2 unable to do without (esp. a drug). 3 maintained at another's cost. 4 Math. (of a variable) having a value determined by that of another variable. 5 Gram. (of a clause, phrase, or word) subordinate to a sentence or word. --n. US var. of DEPENDANT. °°dependently adv. [ME, earlier -ant = DEPENDANT]

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