noun, plural de·pend·en·cies.
- dependent clause,
- dependent drainage,
- dependent edema
Origin of dependency
Examples from the Web for dependancy
The dependancy means any wrong move can have devastating consequences.
The place is full of Swedish troops, and several officers are quartered in the house of which my hen-coop is a dependancy.
I had rather die than return to a dependancy upon relations I have disobliged.A Letter Book|George Saintsbury
sometimes US dependancy
noun plural -cies
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.