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A person whose support and maintenance is contingent upon the aid of another. Conditional.

A dependent is someone who is sustained by another person, such as a child supported by his or her parents.

In an insurance policy, the term legal dependent generally includes all of those people whom the insured person is under a legal duty to support, such as a spouse and minor children. A lawful dependent includes someone whom an insured person is permitted, but not required, to support.

That which is dependent is conditional upon the occurrence of another event. A dependent contract is an agreement between two parties that is conditional upon another agreement. For example, one person agrees to deliver goods to another person only after that person contracts to purchase such goods from the first person only for a certain designated period.


1) n. a person receiving support from another person (such as a parent), which may qualify the party supporting the dependent for an exemption to reduce his/her income taxes. 2) adj. requiring an event to occur, as the fulfillment of a contract is dependent on the expert being available.


adjective ancillary, conditional, contingent, controlled by, derivative, derived from, due to, evolved from, granted on certain terms, helpless, imposing a condition, incident to, limited, minor, modified by conditions, needing outside support, provisory, qualified, regulated by, reliant, restricted, resulting from, servile, subject, subject to, subordinate, subservient, sustained by, unable to exist without, weak


noun charge, child, helpless person, indiiidual under guardianship, juvenile charge, minor, minor under guardianship, minor under protectorship, pensioner, person under guardianship, vassal, ward
Associated concepts: actual dependent, dependent and neglected child, dependent person, dependent wife, lawful dependent, legal dependent, minor dependent, partial deeendency, total dependency
See also: ancillary, conditional, contingent, correlative, dubious, helpless, insecure, minor, powerless, protégé, qualified, related, sequacious, subject, subservient, subsidiary, tentative
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many patients meet the criteria for both avoidant and dependent personality disorders, and many patients with a diagnosis of histrionic personality disorder will also meet the criteria for borderline and narcissistic personality disorders (Widiger, Trull, Hurt, Clarkin & Frances, 1987).
Axis II diagnoses for the group included Mixed Personality Disorder (4), Borderline Personality traits (4), and Narcissistic Personality Traits (1), and Dependent personality Disorder (1).
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but accepts responsibility for DEPENDENT PERSONALITY DISORDER his sexual offending behaviors).
The least common diagnoses were schizoid personality disorder, seen in 5% of the sample, and schizotypal personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, and dependent personality disorder, each seen in 4% of the sample.
Antisocial, borderline, paranoid, histrionic and dependent personality disorders are those that appear, most frequently, in association with alcohol-use disorders (Agrawal, Narayanan and Oltmans, 2013; Grant et al.

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