[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 on a drug after a prolonged period of use.
subordination or subjection:
the dependence of Martinique upon France.
the state or fact of being too dependent, esp for help or support
the state or fact of being dependent, esp for support or help
reliance; trust; confidence
(rare) an object or person relied upon

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.

dependence de·pend·ence (dĭ-pěn’dəns)

de·pend’en·cy n.


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