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) contingent on or determined by:the various benefits will be dependent on length of service
2requiring someone or something for financial, emotional, or other support:an economy heavily dependent on oil exports households with dependent children unable to do without:people dependent on drugs [in combination]:welfare-dependent families Grammar (of a clause, phrase, or word) subordinate to another clause, phrase, or word.
noun (British also dependant)
a person who relies on another, especially a family member, for financial support:a single man with no dependents