One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Hanging down or overhanging.‘pendent lichens’
hanging, suspended, supported from above, dangling, pendulous, drooping, droopy, flaccid, swinging, swaying, trailing, flowing, falling, tumblingView synonyms
- ‘Community Support for older people under the 2005 scheme - Personal telephone alarm with pendent panic button.’
- ‘Personal telephone alarm with pendent panic button applications must be in by May 17th.’
- ‘Assistance if now available locally to any group or individual making an application for the pendent alarm.’
- ‘At one minute you are struggling for space, and suddenly you emerge upon a Gothic-looking hall, full of gracefully pendent stalactites.’
- ‘The plants creep over the bark substrate and sometimes have elongate irregularly branched pendent branches.’
2Undecided; pending.‘the use of jurisdiction to decide pendent claims’
- ‘Additionally, they assert jurisdiction for their common-law tort claims under principles of pendent and ancillary jurisdiction.’
(especially of a sentence) incomplete; not having a finite verb.
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