- 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
Related Words for dependencesdependency, confidence, faith, belief, habit, addiction, trust, obsession, craving, credence, jones, assurance, expectation, hope, responsibility, stability, stock, interdependence, steadiness, responsibleness
Examples from the Web for dependences
Historical Examples of dependences
Claims made by their pride and their self-respect, and their weaknesses and dependences.The Research Magnificent
H. G. Wells
But yet it is less danger, to have an ambitious man stirring in business, than great in dependences.Essays
I shall take for granted that you have a fairly plain idea of the stomach and its dependences.The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking
My ground-plan of the cathedral and its dependences will show at a glance how unusual and remarkable the whole scheme is.Some Account of Gothic Architecture in Spain
George Edmund Street
The whole of the German-speaking portion of the canton proper and its dependences seem to have accepted the Reformation at once.A History of the Reformation (Vol. 2 of 2)
Thomas M. Lindsay
sometimes US dependance
- the state or fact of being dependent, esp for support or help
- reliance; trust; confidence
- rare an object or person relied upon
- The state of being dependent, as for support.
- Subordination to someone or something needed or greatly desired.
- A compulsive or chronic need; an addiction.