1. (statistics) a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value depends on the independent variable
; - Example: "if f(x)=y, y is the dependent variable"
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.
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.
England, long dependent and degraded, was again a
power of the first rank. --Macaulay.
3. conditional; contingent or conditioned. Opposite of
4. addicted to drugs.
Syn: addicted, dependent, drug-addicted, hooked, strung-out.
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (statistics) a variable in a logical or mathematical
expression whose value depends on the independent variable;
"if f(x)=y, y is the dependent variable"