Imagine a web page (A) which contains some repackaged content from another website (B).

A depends on B.

If B were to keep a list of web pages, like A, that depend on it, what could we call that list?

I came up with dependants, but I'm finding people confusing it with dependencies (i.e. the opposite relationship).

I also came up with referents, but I'm worried that it may be just as confusing. Is there a better word?

By the way, I rejected the word children as I think it is also confusing in this situation.

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    By "A depends on X", do you mean "A requires X in order to exist/happen"? If so you could call X a "prerequisite" of A. May 26 '15 at 14:29
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    May 26 '15 at 14:30
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  • I've updated the question to make the scenario clearer. May 26 '15 at 14:38
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    Downstream packages depend on things further upstream.
    – Carl Smith
    May 26 '15 at 15:05

I'd borrow a term from the domain of copyright and patent law, and refer to those sites which reuse content from another site as "derivative sites."

Their repackaged content is derived from the "parent" site's content; their content is derivative.

One could use the adjectival noun "the derivates" or "the derivatives" to refer to those sites that depend on the other site.


Depends upon vs Contingent to

    ---> X --->

Like: Needs this to happen before... VERSUS. This is before something else happens

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