or de·pend·an·cy

[ dih-pen-duhn-see ]
See synonyms for: dependencydependencies on

noun,plural de·pend·en·cies.
  1. the state of being dependent; dependence.

  2. something dependent or subordinate; appurtenance.

  1. an outbuilding or annex.

  2. a subject territory that is not an integral part of the ruling country.

Origin of dependency

First recorded in 1585–95; dependence + -y3

Other words from dependency

  • non·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

Words Nearby dependency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dependency in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dependency


sometimes US dependancy

/ (dɪˈpɛndənsɪ) /

nounplural -cies
  1. a territory subject to a state on which it does not border

  2. a dependent or subordinate person or thing

  1. psychol overreliance by a person on another person or on a drug, etc

  2. another word for dependence

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