1. One who relies on another for support
    With two children and an ailing mother, she had three dependents in all ... (In British English, this meaning is spelt dependant.)
  2. An element in phrase or clause structure that is not the head. Includes complements, modifiers and determiners.
  3. The aorist subjunctive or subjunctive perfective: a form of a verb not used independently but preceded by a particle to form the negative or a tense form. Found in Greek and in the Gaelic languages.


  1. Relying upon; depending upon.
  2. Used in questions, negative sentences and after certain particles and prepositions.
  3. Affecting the lower part of the body, such as the legs while standing up, or the back while supine.
  4. Hanging down.

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