[ dih-pen-duh ns ]
/ dɪˈpɛn dəns /
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
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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British Dictionary definitions for overdependence (1 of 2)
/ (ˌəʊvədɪˈpɛndəns) /
the state or fact of being too dependent, esp for help or support
British Dictionary definitions for overdependence (2 of 2)
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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Medicine definitions for overdependence
[ dĭ-pĕn′dəns ]
The state of being dependent, as for support.
Subordination to someone or something needed or greatly desired.
A compulsive or chronic need; an addiction.
Related formsde•pend′en•cy n.
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