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or dependance

[dih-pen-duh ns] /dɪˈpɛn dəns/
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
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English dependaunce < Old French dependance, equivalent to depend(re) (see depend) + -ance -ence
Related forms
nondependance, noun
nondependence, noun
overdependence, noun
predependence, noun
self-dependence, noun
semidependence, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dependence
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  • Consider what you are about—this work of yours is the only dependence we have in the world.

  • All my dependence, all my hopes, are in your mother's favour.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The greater her disappointment from them, the greater must be her dependence on me.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • His dependence for that must be founded in the doctrine of the other preacher.


    James Anthony Froude
  • It was fortunate for the country, that this was their dependence.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
British Dictionary definitions for dependence


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

early 15c., from Middle French dépendance, from dependre (see depend). Originally also dependance (the earlier form), depending whether the writer had French or Latin foremost in mind; the Latin form gradually predominated and after c.1800 dependance is rare. As an adjective from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dependence in Medicine

dependence de·pend·ence (dĭ-pěn'dəns)

  1. The state of being dependent, as for support.

  2. Subordination to someone or something needed or greatly desired.

  3. A compulsive or chronic need; an addiction.

de·pend'en·cy n.
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