- 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 dependence
This kind of dependence on donors is a broader, older idea of “corruption” than bribery.Undo Citizens United? We’d Only Scratch the Surface
November 12, 2014
In her talk on Wednesday, Clinton also took credit for weaning several other countries off of their dependence on Iranian oil.Hillary Clinton Celebrates the Iran Sanctions That Her State Department Tried to Stop
May 15, 2014
And four million people self-report a dependence on the drug.Weed Gave My Family Everything—Then Took It Away
April 9, 2014
Many European countries are more vulnerable to Russian retaliation due to their dependence on Russia for their natural gas.White House Braces for Russian Retaliation Over Ukraine
March 14, 2014
I never gave the worst interpretation of your dependence: I always gave it the highest one, the justification of your creation.‘Mirages’: Anaïs Nin’s Intimate, Unexpurgated Diaries
October 26, 2013
Consider what you are about—this work of yours is the only dependence we have in the world.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
All my dependence, all my hopes, are in your mother's favour.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
The greater her disappointment from them, the greater must be her dependence on me.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
His dependence for that must be founded in the doctrine of the other preacher.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
It was fortunate for the country, that this was their dependence.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
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 dependence
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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