Dependent vs Attendant - What's the difference?

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Dependent is a related term of attendant.

As nouns the difference between dependent and attendant

is that dependent is while attendant is one who attends; one who works with or watches something.

As an adjective attendant is

going with; associated; concomitant.




(en adjective)
  • Relying upon; depending upon.
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  • Used in questions, negative sentences and after certain particles and prepositions.
  • (medicine) Affecting the lower part of the body, such as the legs while standing up, or the back while supine.
  • Hanging down.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (US) One who relies on another for support
  • With two children and an ailing mother, she had three dependents in all ... (In British English, this meaning is spelt dependant.)
  • (grammar) An element in phrase or clause structure that is not the head. Includes complements, modifiers and determiners.
  • (grammar) The aorist subjunctive or subjunctive perfective: a form of a verb not used independently but preceded by a particle to form the negative or a tense form. Found in Greek and in the Gaelic languages.
  • Synonyms

    * dependant



    Alternative forms

    * attendaunt (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • One who attends; one who works with or watches something.
  • Give your keys to the parking attendants and they will park your car for you.


    (en adjective)
  • Going with; associated; concomitant.
  • They promoted him to supervisor, with all the attendant responsibilities and privileges.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • The natural melancholy attendant upon his situation added to the gloom of the owner of the mansion.
  • (legal) Depending on, or owing duty or service to.
  • the widow attendant to the heir

    See also

    * part and parcel ----