dependent

Being dependent means relying on something. Many people are dependent on coffee in the morning, while a dependent is someone who relies on you for financial support. In grammar-land, a dependent clause can’t stand alone because it’s a fragment.

Dependent comes from pendant, the French word for "hanging.” If you break your leg, you will be dependent, or hanging, on crutches to get around. Kids are dependents of their parents, since they rely on them for food and shelter. A drug addict is dependent on drugs. And if a decision is dependent on your mood, that means it depends on or will be decided by how you feel.

Definitions of dependent
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n a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)

Synonyms:
dependant
Types:
charge
a person committed to your care
minion
a servile or fawning dependant
Type of:
receiver, recipient
a person who receives something

adj contingent on something else

Synonyms:
dependant, qualified
conditional
imposing or depending on or containing a condition

adj relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed

dependent children”
dependent on moisture”
Synonyms:
babelike
like a baby especially in dependence
helpless
unable to manage independently
interdependent, mutualist, mutually beneficial
mutually dependent
myrmecophilous
living symbiotically with ants
bloodsucking, leechlike, parasitic, parasitical
of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another
reliant
relying on another for support
symbiotic
used of organisms (especially of different species) living together but not necessarily in a relation beneficial to each
underage
dependent by virtue of youth
unfree
hampered and not free; not able to act at will
Antonyms:
independent
free from external control and constraint
autarkic, autarkical
of countries; not relying on imports
autonomous, self-directed, self-reliant
(of persons) free from external control and constraint in e.g. action and judgment
autonomous
existing as an independent entity
breakaway, fissiparous, separatist
having separated or advocating separation from another entity or policy or attitude
commutative
(of a binary operation) independent of order; as in e.g. "a x b = b x a"
free-living, nonparasitic, nonsymbiotic
not parasitic on another organism
indie
(of pop groups) not affiliated with a major recording company
case-by-case, individual, item-by-item
separate and distinct from others of the same kind
self-sufficient, self-sufficing, self-sustaining
able to provide for your own needs without help from others
self-supporting
financially independent
single-handed
without help from others
strong-minded
marked by vigorous independence of thought and judgment
unaffiliated
not affiliated
unconditional
not contingent; not determined or influenced by someone or something else
free
able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint
separate
independent; not united or joint
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adj held from above

Synonyms:
pendant, pendent
supported
held up or having the weight borne especially from below

adj being under the power or sovereignty of another or others

“a dependent prince”
Synonyms:
subject
subordinate
subject or submissive to authority or the control of another

adj addicted to a drug

Synonyms:
dependant, drug-addicted, hooked, strung-out
addicted
compulsively or physiologically dependent on something habit-forming

adj (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”
Synonyms:
subordinate
Antonyms:
independent, main
(of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence