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dependent

noun [C]  /dɪˈpen·dənt/ us  
a person who is financially supported by another person: Jack and Marion have four dependents.

dependent

adjective  /dɪˈpen·dənt/ us  
needing the support of something or someone in order to continue existing or operating: She has three dependent children. West Virginia’s economy is highly dependent on the mining industry. Grapes need a long, slow ripening period, and that is dependent on temperature.
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