Definition - adj
1  : determined or conditioned by another
: See also 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 ~ and taken away from his or her parents ­L. H. Tribe>
3  : subject to another's jurisdiction <the United States and its ~ territories>

Definition - Noun
: a person who is dependent
: 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

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