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 for dependent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dependent \De*pend"ent\, n.
     1. One who depends; one who is sustained by another, or who
        relies on another for financial support or favor; a
        hanger-on; a retainer; as, a numerous train of dependents.
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              A host of dependents on the court, suborned to play
              their part as witnesses.              --Hallam.
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     2. That which depends; corollary; consequence.
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              With all its circumstances and dependents. --Prynne.
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     Note: See the Note under Dependant.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dependent \De*pend"ent\, a. [L. dependens, -entis, p. pr.
     dependere. See Depend, and cf. Dependant.]
     1. Hanging down; as, a dependent bough or leaf.
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     2. 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; subordinate; -- often with on or upon;
        as, dependent on God; dependent upon friends. Opposite of
        independent. [Narrower terms: interdependent,
        mutualist, mutually beneficial; parasitic, parasitical,
        leechlike, bloodsucking; subordinate; underage;
        myrmecophilous; symbiotic] Also See: unfree.
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              England, long dependent and degraded, was again a
              power of the first rank.              --Macaulay.
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     3. conditional; contingent or conditioned. Opposite of
        unconditional.
  
     Syn: qualified.
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     4. addicted to drugs.
  
     Syn: addicted, dependent, drug-addicted, hooked, strung-out.
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     Dependent covenant or Dependent 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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dependent
      adj 1: relying on or requiring a person or thing for support,
             supply, or what is needed; "dependent children";
             "dependent on moisture" [ant: independent]
      2: contingent on something else [syn: dependent, dependant,
         qualified]
      3: (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"
         [syn: dependent, subordinate] [ant: independent,
         main(a)]
      4: held from above; "a pendant bunch of grapes" [syn: pendent,
         pendant, dependent]
      5: being under the power or sovereignty of another or others;
         "subject peoples"; "a dependent prince" [syn: subject,
         dependent]
      6: addicted to a drug [syn: dependent, dependant, drug-
         addicted, hooked, strung-out]
      n 1: a person who relies on another person for support
           (especially financial support) [syn: dependant,
           dependent]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  161 Moby Thesaurus words for "dependent":
     accessory, addicted, addicted to, adherent, ancillary, appendage,
     appurtenant, at issue, attendant, based on, boxed in, buff,
     cascading, cavaliere servente, charge, childlike, circumscribed,
     circumscribed by, client, collateral, conditional, conditioned,
     confiding, contingent, contingent on, counting, courtier, creature,
     credulous, dangler, dangling, debased, dependent on, depending,
     depending on, depending on circumstances, disciple, encumbrance,
     exposed, falling, falling loosely, fan, feudal, feudatory, flowing,
     flunky, follower, following, guileless, habituated, habitue,
     hanger-on, hanging, hedged about by, heeler, henchman, hinging on,
     homager, homme de cour, hooked, hooked on, humbled, hung, iffy,
     in a rut, in question, in suspense, in the balance, incident to,
     incidental to, inferior, innocent, lackey, liable, liege,
     liege man, limited, man, minion, myrmidon, naive, never free from,
     open, parasite, partisan, pendent, pending, pendulant, pendular,
     penduline, pendulous, pensile, pensionary, pensioner, peon,
     predicated on, protege, provisional, provisory, public,
     public charge, pursuer, pursuivant, reckoning, relative, reliant,
     relying, restricted, retainer, revolving on, satellite, secondary,
     sectary, serf, servant, servile, shadow, slave, spaced out, stooge,
     sub, subject, subject to, subordinate, subservient, successor,
     supporter, susceptible, suspended, suspenseful, swinging, tagtail,
     tail, trainbearer, tributary, trustful, trusting, trusty,
     turning on, uncertain, uncounted, undecided, under, underling,
     understrapper, undetermined, unestablished, unfixed, unsettled,
     unsuspecting, unsuspicious, untold, up for grabs, used to, vassal,
     votary, ward, ward heeler, weeping, without suspicion, yeoman
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

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

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