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[Middle French pendant suspended, present participle of pendre to hang, ultimately from Latin pendēre]
1 : remaining undetermined
: pending [a suit]
2 : of, relating to, or being the basis of pendent jurisdiction or pendent party jurisdiction [the Supreme Court drew a sharp distinction between claims and parties "National Law Journal"]
3 : dependent [is upon another claim]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.