Dependence De*pend"ence, n. [LL. dependentia, fr. L. dependens. See {Dependent}, and cf. {Dependance}.] 1. The act or state of depending; state of being dependent; a hanging down or from; suspension from a support. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of being influenced and determined by something; subjection (as of an effect to its cause). [1913 Webster]

The cause of effects, and the dependence of one thing upon another. --Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

3. Mutual connection and support; concatenation; systematic inter-relation. [1913 Webster]

So dark and so intricate of purpose, without any dependence or order. --Sir T. More. [1913 Webster]

4. Subjection to the direction or disposal of another; inability to help or provide for one's self; a lack of independence or self-sufficiency.

Syn: dependance, dependency. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

Reduced to a servile dependence on their mercy. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

5. A resting with confidence; reliance; trust. [1913 Webster]

Affectionate dependence on the Creator is the spiritual life of the soul. --T. Erskine. [1913 Webster]

6. That on which one depends or relies; as, he was her sole dependence. [1913 Webster]

7. That which depends; anything dependent or suspended; anything attached a subordinate to, or contingent on, something else. [1913 Webster]

Like a large cluster of black grapes they show And make a large dependence from the bough. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

8. A matter depending, or in suspense, and still to be determined; ground of controversy or quarrel. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To go on now with my first dependence. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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