- the state of relying on or needing someone or something for aid, support, or the like.
- reliance; confidence; trust: Her complete reliability earned her our dependence.
- an object of reliance or trust.
- the state of being conditional or contingent on something, as through a natural or logical sequence: the dependence of an effect upon a cause.
- the state of being psychologically or physiologically dependent on a drug after a prolonged period of use.
- subordination or subjection: the dependence of Martinique upon France.
Origin of dependence
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Examples from the Web for dependance
But I've no dependance on him for a friend, nor has my mother.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
So that my dependance is upon Mr. Blagrave, and so home to supper and to bed.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
You may depend on me, Sancho, because my dependance is on you.
You are (I am sorry to be obliged to repeat it) without any dependance, but on my favour.
At present I foresee nothing but perplexity; and have no dependance but on you.
sometimes US dependance
- the state or fact of being dependent, esp for support or help
- reliance; trust; confidence
- rare an object or person relied upon
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Word Origin and History for dependance
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The state of being dependent, as for support.
- Subordination to someone or something needed or greatly desired.
- A compulsive or chronic need; an addiction.
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