Pronunciation: (di-pen'dunt),[key] —adj. 1. relying on someone or something else for aid, support, etc.
2. conditioned or determined by something else; contingent: Our trip is dependent on the weather. 3. subordinate; subject: a dependent territory. 4. Gram.not used in isolation; used only in connection with other forms. In I walked out when the bell rang, when the bell rang is a dependent clause. Cf. independent (def. 14), main1 (def. 4).
5. hanging down; pendent.
6. Math. a. (of a variable) having values determined by one or more independent variables.
b. (of an equation) having solutions that are identical to those of another equation or to those of a set of equations.
7. Statistics.(of an event or a value) not statistically independent.
—n. 1. a person who depends on or needs someone or something for aid, support, favor, etc.
2. a child, spouse, parent, or certain other relative to whom one contributes all or a major amount of necessary financial support: She listed two dependents on her income-tax form. 3. Archaic.a subordinate part. Also,dependant.