[ dih-pen-duhns ]
/ dɪˈpɛn dəns /
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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.
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Origin of dependence
OTHER WORDS FROM dependence
non·de·pend·ance, nounnon·de·pend·ence, nouno·ver·de·pend·ence, nounpre·de·pend·ence, noun
self-de·pend·ence, nounsem·i·de·pend·ence, noun
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How to use dependence in a sentence
It is clear that I can have no dependance on his word, if won; and I have not even aught wherewith to buy it.Eugene Aram, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Yet it has not been dependance; he is too generous to let us feel that.Aunt Phillis's Cabin|Mary H. Eastman
Indolent, and by long habit worthless, no dependance could be placed on them.
The mutual connexion, and dependance of things, upon each other.Conversations on Natural Philosophy, in which the Elements of that Science are Familiarly Explained|Jane Haldimand Marcet and Thomas P. Jones
Religion, my honoured Madam, has not only been all my life my chief dependance, but my dearest enjoyment.The Letters of Robert Burns|Robert Burns
British Dictionary definitions for dependence
sometimes US dependance
/ (dɪˈpɛndəns) /
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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