Grammar GuideSpelling'dependent' vs 'dependant'. What's the difference?

'dependent' vs 'dependant'. What's the difference?

'dependent' vs 'dependant'. What's the difference?

In American English, dependent is (1) an adjective meaning 'contingent on another', and (2) a noun meaning 'a person who is financially supported by someone else'. Dependant is a rare alternative spelling with no definitions of its own.

In British English, as well as in Australian and New Zealand spelling, dependant is a noun meaning 'someone who depends on support from others, usually financially'. Dependent is an adjective and means 'relying on.'

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