Dependent and Dependant
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between dependant and dependent?
In British English:
- Dependent means reliant on.
- A dependant is a person (usually a child or a spouse).
Dependent and DependantWriters following British writing convention often confuse dependent and dependant. Those following US writing convention have an easier time with these words because Americans do not use dependant.
DependantA 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.)
DependentThe word dependent is an adjective meaning contingent on, relying on, supported by, or addicted to.
- I am dependent on the weather for a safe crossing. (I am reliant on the weather.)
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