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Let's suppose I have two objects – A and B. They are a pair. I mean that we will name them considering them one logical unit.

For example: If I call A as "driven," then B will be called "leading" with reference to A.

Question: If I call A dependent (adj.), what should I call B?

  • There are a number of related questions, eg 77253 and 12457 but they refer to dependent people not things (and consequently come up with words like benefactor or supporter, which don't seem to me to apply here.) – Andrew Leach Dec 20 '14 at 11:40
  • If you're stressing merely that B doesn't depend in any way on A, it's independent of A. But if you're stressing that without B, A would fail, B is necessary for A. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 20 '14 at 11:50
  • Antonym of dependent? Independent? – WS2 Dec 20 '14 at 11:55
  • Good question. Please check previous posts (use the search box above) first, before posting a question. Also, try to take some help in formulating a question in a grammatically correct way. Good Luck. – Kris Dec 20 '14 at 13:15
  • Related/ Possible Duplicate: What is the correct word for “dependee”? english.stackexchange.com/questions/25575/… – Kris Dec 20 '14 at 13:17
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The dependent object would more context-appropriately be termed the

depender

(programming) An agent that depends on another agent, the dependee; the subject of a dependency, a dependent (used in agent-oriented programming)

Usage notes
Technical term, not widely used in software engineering outside of agent-oriented programming; the common term dependent is used instead. In agent-oriented programming, the antonym is dependee, though there is no common language equivalent (other metaphors are used instead, such as parent/child). Further, the circumlocutions “A depends on B” and “B is depended on by A” are used for clarity.

and the object on which the depender depends is termed the

dependee

(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”.

src: Wikipedia

See also, related post What is the correct word for “dependee”? right here on ELU. Especially the answer by EvanK.

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  • Thank you. This is what I need. But I can't upvote as I don't have scores enough. – Shtirlits Dec 20 '14 at 13:20
  • Never mind, it's nice to be of help. Any time. – Kris Dec 20 '14 at 13:21
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From what you say, you need independent as in independent variable.

Another option would be free, as in free variable.

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  • True, the usual pairing is dependent variable and (the other being) the independent variable. However, "independent" fails to show a dependency in the first place, which is needed here. – Kris Dec 20 '14 at 13:12

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