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or de·pend·an·cy

[dih-pen-duh n-see]
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noun, plural de·pend·en·cies.
  1. the state of being dependent; dependence.
  2. something dependent or subordinate; appurtenance.
  3. an outbuilding or annex.
  4. a subject territory that is not an integral part of the ruling country.
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Origin of dependency

First recorded in 1585–95; dependence + -y3
Related formsnon·de·pend·an·cy, noun, plural non·de·pend·an·cies.non·de·pend·en·cy, noun, plural non·de·pend·en·cies.self-de·pend·en·cy, noun
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Related Words for dependencies

need, addiction, colony, assurance, belief, credence, expectation, faith, hope, responsibility, stability, stock, trust, interdependence, steadiness, responsibleness, trustiness, trustworthiness, attachment, contingency

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Historical Examples of dependencies

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for dependencies


sometimes US dependancy

noun plural -cies
  1. a territory subject to a state on which it does not border
  2. a dependent or subordinate person or thing
  3. psychol overreliance by a person on another person or on a drug, etc
  4. another word for dependence
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Word Origin and History for dependencies


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

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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.

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