Dependant or Dependent?
Dependant or Dependent?What is the difference between "dependant" and "dependent"?
In British English:
- "A dependant" is a person (usually a child or a spouse).
- "Dependent" means reliant on.
More about "Dependant"For Brits, a "dependant" is a person who is dependent on someone else. (For example, a child is dependent on its parents. Therefore, a child is a dependant of its parents.)
- All embassy staff and their dependants must be at the airport by 6 o'clock. (In this example, the word "dependants" means spouses and children.)
More about "Dependent"Both Americans and Brits use "dependent." The word "dependent" can be used as an adjective, but it is most commonly seen in the term "dependent on" and is used as a preposition. It has four closely related meanings:
(1) Contingent on
- Dependent on the weather, we will start the final ascent at 5 o'clock.
- Our safety is dependent on the weather.
- He is dependent on his parents.
- He is dependent on coffee.
Americans Can Ignore "Dependant"Remember that Americans use "dependent" for the person, the adjective, and the preposition. For example:
- I think my dependents are dependent on jelly beans. () ()
- I think my dependants are dependent on jelly beans. () ()