Dependee vs Dependent - What's the difference?

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Dependee is a related term of dependent.

As nouns the difference between dependee and dependent

is that dependee is (programming) an agent that is depended on by a depender, the target of a dependency (used in (agent-oriented programming)) while dependent is (us) one who relies on another for support.

As a adjective dependent is

relying upon; depending upon.




(en noun)
  • (programming) An agent that is depended on by a depender, the target of a dependency (used in (agent-oriented programming))
  • Usage notes

    Technical term, not widely used in software engineering outside of (agent-oriented programming) but finds some use. In agent-oriented programming the antonym is depender, though in general usage the common term dependent is used instead. There is no common language equivalent for dependee', however – other metaphors are used instead, such as parent/child. The circumlocutions “A depends on B” and “B is depended on by A” are much more common in general use than “A is the depender, B is the ' dependee ”.


    * depender




    (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