Dependent has several meanings. The most common meaning is for a person who gets nearly all their economic support from another person. U.S. taxpayers are allowed deductions for their dependents.
The second meaning is from Buddhism, where the term dependent has meaning that is part of interdependence and taught in the Dharma of "Dependent origination" or the "12 links" of Cause and effect.
- Interdependence in Buddhism is Dependent origination