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A depends on B, is A dependant, or is B dependant?
“Employee” is to “employer” as “dependent” is to what?

A and B are two persons. When A is a dependent of B, what of A is B?

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Perhaps the term provider or the phrase principal provider conveys the relationship.

SUPPLEMENT: I think JLG is right that this is a duplicate (and others have suggested what I propose).

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Depending on the circumstance, if A is the dependant of B, then B may be the guardian of A. As tchris noted, this would apply for a parent-child relationship, but it does not fit when referring to spouses.

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  • With children, perhaps, but with spouses? Doesn’t seem quite right. – tchrist Aug 5 '12 at 23:15
  • @tchrist - good point. Will qualify my answer. – dj18 Aug 6 '12 at 0:12

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