dependence or de·pend·ance EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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 1400–50; late Middle English dependaunce
Old French dependance,
-ance -ence Related forms non·de·pend·ance, noun non·de·pend·ence, noun o·ver·de·pend·ence, noun pre·de·pend·ence, noun self-de·pend·ence, noun sem·i·de·pend·ence, noun
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Word Origin and History for dependance n.
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.
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n. The state of being dependent, as for support. Subordination to someone or something needed or greatly desired. A compulsive or chronic need; an addiction. Related forms de•pend ′en•cy n.
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