Adjective "dependant" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A person who relies on another, especially a family member, for financial support.
  1. 'What is the impact on families as we set taxation rates for families with dependants?'
  2. 'Just across the border are thousands upon thousands of poor, especially men with dependents in need of support.'
  3. 'Bringing his family and dependents to Iceland, he built a farm in what eventually became the capitol city of Reykjavik.'
  4. 'But an employee with a family would get airfare for up to five dependents.'
  5. 'Anybody with dependants should consider how they would cope if a family member were caught up in a disaster such as the Asian tsunami.'
  6. 'Mr Kelly said this could be a great comfort to families and dependants as it gave them an avenue of redress.'
  7. 'A more conventional line was taken by the Chartists, who set out to win sympathy for the respectable working man as a head of household with dependants to support.'
  8. 'It was large enough to accommodate the family and its dependants, and the bevy of servants who supported them.'
  9. 'Military dependents can live in family housing for up to six months after the death of a service member.'
  10. 'The legion is a charity which safeguards the welfare, interests and memory of those who have served in the armed forces and their families and dependants.'

More definitions

1. dependent.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be dependant on aids."

"dictionaries can be dependant on pennants."

"trades can be dependant on agricultures."

"times can be dependant on things."

"stagings can be dependant upon findings."

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Late Middle English (denoting a dependency): from Old French, literally ‘hanging down from’, present participle of dependre (see depend).