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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

dependant, dependent

Use the spelling dependant for the noun.

  • A wage earner with dependants is fully entitled to this deduction.

The adjective is spelled dependent.

  • Many Third World countries are dependent on food aid.