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Dependant and dependent

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By Mary Morel

British, Australian and New Zealand English distinguish between dependant and dependent. The distinction doesn’t exist in US English, which uses dependent for both the following meanings.

dependant

A dependant is someone who relies on someone else for support. This support is often financial.

The child is a dependant.

dependent

Dependent means relying on.

The outcome is dependent on the test results.

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