dependence or de·pend·ance EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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 1400–50; late Middle English dependaunce
Old French dependance,
-ance -ence Related forms non·de·pend·ance, noun non·de·pend·ence, noun o·ver·de·pend·ence, noun pre·de·pend·ence, noun self-de·pend·ence, noun sem·i·de·pend·ence, noun
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That shows their goodheartedness, but it does away with
I am accustomed to a kind of loneliness and
It was here I got my first lessons in
self-dependence and life's struggles. Self-dependence had in a measure changed her, as my life on the frontier had altered me.
Neither work nor the spirit of
self-dependence are antagonistic to prayer. British Dictionary definitions for self-dependence dependence sometimes US dependance noun 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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Word Origin and History for self-dependence n.
early 15c., from Middle French
dépendance, from dependre (see depend). Originally also dependance (the earlier form), depending whether the writer had French or Latin foremost in mind; the Latin form gradually predominated and after c.1800 dependance is rare. As an adjective from c.1600.
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self-dependence in Medicine n. 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 forms de•pend ′en•cy n.
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