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DEPENDENT, a.

1. Hanging down; as a dependent leaf.

The furs in the tails were dependent.

2. Subject to the power of; at the disposal of; not able to exist or sustain itself without the will or power of. Thus, we are dependent on God and his providence; and effect may be dependent on some unknown cause.

3. Relying on for support or favor; unable to subsist or to perform any thing, without the aid of.

Children are dependent on their parents for food and clothing. The pupil is dependent on his preceptor for instruction.

DEPENDENT, n. One who is at the disposal of another; one who is sustained by another, or who relies on another for support or favor; a retainer; as, the prince was followed by a numerous train of dependents.




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DEPENDENT, a.

1. Hanging down; as a dependent leaf.

The furs in the tails were dependent.

2. Subject to the power of; at the disposal of; not able to exist or sustain itself without the will or power of. Thus, we are dependent on God and his providence; and effect may be dependent on some unknown cause.

3. Relying on for support or favor; unable to subsist or to perform any thing, without the aid of.

Children are dependent on their parents for food and clothing. The pupil is dependent on his preceptor for instruction.

DEPENDENT, n. One who is at the disposal of another; one who is sustained by another, or who relies on another for support or favor; a retainer; as, the prince was followed by a numerous train of dependents.


DEPEND'ENT, a.

  1. Hanging down; as, a dependent leaf. The furs in the tails were dependent. Peacham.
  2. Subject to the power of; at the disposal of; not able to exist or sustain itself without the will or power of. Thus, we are dependent on God and his providence; an effect may be dependent on some unknown cause.
  3. Relying on for support or favor; unable to subsist or to perform any thing, without the aid of. Children are dependent on their parents for food and clothing. The pupil is dependent on his preceptor for instruction.

DE-PEND'ENT, n.1

One who is at the disposal of another; one who is sustained by another, or who relies on another for support or favor; a retainer; as, the prince was followed by a numerous train of dependents.


De*pend"ent
  1. Hanging down; as, a dependent bough or leaf.
  2. One who depends; one who is sustained by another, or who relies on another for support of favor; a hanger-on; a retainer; as, a numerous train of dependents.

    A host of dependents on the court, suborned to play their part as witnesses. Hallam.

  3. Relying on, or subject to, something else for support; not able to exist, or sustain itself, or to perform anything, without the will, power, or aid of something else; not self-sustaining; contingent or conditioned; subordinate; -- often with on or upon; as, dependent on God; dependent upon friends.

    England, long dependent and degraded, was again a power of the first rank. Macaulay.

    Dependent covenant or contract (Law), one not binding until some connecting stipulation is performed. -- Dependent variable (Math.), a varying quantity whose changes are arbitrary, but are regarded as produced by changes in another variable, which is called the independent variable.

  4. That which depends; corollary; consequence.

    With all its circumstances and dependents. Prynne.

    * See the Note under Dependant.

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Dependent

DEPENDENT, adjective

1. Hanging down; as a dependent leaf.

The furs in the tails were dependent

2. Subject to the power of; at the disposal of; not able to exist or sustain itself without the will or power of. Thus, we are dependent on God and his providence; and effect may be dependent on some unknown cause.

3. Relying on for support or favor; unable to subsist or to perform any thing, without the aid of.

Children are dependent on their parents for food and clothing. The pupil is dependent on his preceptor for instruction.

DEPENDENT, noun One who is at the disposal of another; one who is sustained by another, or who relies on another for support or favor; a retainer; as, the prince was followed by a numerous train of dependents.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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CITHERN, n. A stringed musical instrument, among the ancients, the precise form of which is not known, but it bore some resemblance to the modern guitar, the name of which is evidently from this ancient word.

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