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or dependancy

[dih-pen-duh n-see] /dɪˈpɛn dən si/
noun, plural dependencies.
the state of being dependent; dependence.
something dependent or subordinate; appurtenance.
an outbuilding or annex.
a subject territory that is not an integral part of the ruling country.
Origin of dependency
First recorded in 1585-95; dependence + -y3
Related forms
nondependancy, noun, plural nondependancies.
nondependency, noun, plural nondependencies.
self-dependency, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • They have two dependencies in their hope to move you to compliance.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • You will allow me to omit all description of land and people in Egypt and its dependencies.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • In the year 1550 there was a general reunion of the towns and their dependencies at Mani.

  • As to the actual government of Rome and her dependencies, it could not well be worse.

    Glances at Europe Horace Greeley
  • In that year a British force reduced Java and its dependencies.

    A Visit to Java W. Basil Worsfold
  • Colonies and dependencies, it is now said, are essentially inconsistent with our system.

    Problems of Expansion Whitelaw Reid
  • On every hand rise cries that in any event they cannot and must not be dependencies.

    Problems of Expansion Whitelaw Reid
  • Manly beauty and virtue are not confined to the House of Lords and its dependencies.

    Tea-Table Talk Jerome K. Jerome
  • The persons assembled were in every way worthy of the place and its dependencies.

    The Emigrants Of Ahadarra William Carleton
  • Manila coffee is highly prized in Spain and her dependencies.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
British Dictionary definitions for dependencies


noun (pl) -cies
a territory subject to a state on which it does not border
a dependent or subordinate person or thing
(psychol) overreliance by a person on another person or on a drug, etc
another word for dependence
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Word Origin and History for dependencies

"territories subordinate to another nation," 1680s; see dependency.


1590s (adj.), 1610s (n.); see dependent + -cy. Originally also dependancy, on the French model, but the Latinate form gradually pushed this into disuse; see -ance. Meaning "territory subordinate to another nation" is recorded from 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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