de·pen·dent 1 adj
1: determined or conditioned by another: contingent
2 a: relying on another for esp. financial support
b: lacking the necessary means of support or protection and in need of aid from others (as a public agency)
have the child declared dependent and taken away from his or her parents — L. H. Tribe
3: subject to another's jurisdiction
the United States and its dependent territories
dependent 2 n: a person who is dependent; esp: a close relative or member of a taxpayer's household who receives over half of his or her support from the taxpayer and is a U.S. citizen, national, or resident, or a resident of a bordering country (as Mexico) see also dependency exemption at exemption

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective ancillary, conditional, conditioned, contingent, controlled by, derivative, derived from, due to, evolved from, granted on certain terms, helpless, imposing a condition, incident to, limited, minor, modified by conditions, needing outside support, obnoxius, pendent, provisory, qualified, regulated by, reliant, restricted, resulting from, servile, subject, subject to, subordinate, subservient, sustained by, unable to exist without, weak II noun charge, child, helpless person, individual under guardianship, juvenile charge, minor, minor under guardianship, minor under protectorship, pensioner, person under guardianship, vassal, ward associated concepts: actual dependent, dependent and neglected child, dependent person, dependent wife, lawful dependent, legal dependent, minor dependent, partial dependency, total dependency III index ancillary (subsidiary), contingent, correlative, dubious, helpless (powerless), insecure, minor, protégé, qualified (conditioned), related, sequacious, subject (conditional), subservient, tentative

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) Needing support from an outside source.
(2) Contingent on some external fact or condition.
Someone who is supported by someone else; in taxation, a dependent is usually someone related to the supporting taxpayer or someone who lives in the taxpayer’s home.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1) A person receiving support from another person (such as a parent), which may qualify the party supporting the dependent for an exemption to reduce income taxes.
2) Requiring an event to occur, as the fulfillment of a contract for delivery of goods is dependent on the goods being available.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. A person relying on another for financial support; a relative for whom a taxpayer may claim an exemption on his income tax return.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A person whose support and maintenance is contingent upon the aid of another. Conditional.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A person whose support and maintenance is contingent upon the aid of another. Conditional.
II One who derives existence and support from another.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) n. a person receiving support from another person (such as a parent), which may qualify the party supporting the dependent for an exemption to reduce his/her income taxes.
   2) adj. requiring an event to occur, as the fulfillment of a contract is dependent on the expert being available.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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