dependence
also dependance noun Date: 15th century 1. the quality or state of being dependent; especially the quality or state of being influenced or determined by or subject to another 2. reliance, trust 3. one that is relied on 4. a. drug addiction <
developed a dependence on painkillers
>
b. habituation 2b

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dependence — UK [dɪˈpendəns] / US or dependency UK [dɪˈpendənsɪ] / US noun [uncountable] ** 1) a situation in which you need someone or something in order to live or succeed dependence on: our dependence on our parents the industry s dependence on coal 2) the …   English dictionary

  • dependence — dependence, dependency The state of being connected to and subordinate to someone or something. The opposite of self reliance, this term may be encountered in a variety of sociological contexts. In the study of economic growth and the sociology… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • dependence — [dɪˈpendəns] or dependency [dɪˈpendənsi] noun [U] 1) a situation in which you need someone or something in order to live or succeed Syn: reliance the industry s dependence on coal[/ex] 2) the fact that someone is ADDICTED to a drug or to alcohol …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • dependence — dependence, dependency Dependence is ‘a state of depending’; dependency can also mean this but is more usually ‘something, especially a country or province, that is dependent on another’. The distinction was somewhat blurred by the emergence in… …   Modern English usage

  • dependence — / dependency [n1] confidence, reliance assurance, belief, credence, expectation, faith, hope, interdependence, responsibility, responsibleness, stability, steadiness, stock, trust, trustiness, trustworthiness; concepts 410,689 Ant. freedom,… …   New thesaurus

  • dependence — index faith, mainstay, mutuality, reliance, resource, trust (confidence) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • dependence — early 15c. (n.), c.1600 (adj.), from M.Fr. dépendance, from dependre (see DEPEND (Cf. depend)). Originally also DEPENDANCE (Cf. dependance) (the earlier form), depending whether the writer had French or Latin foremost in mind; the Latin form… …   Etymology dictionary

  • dependence — reliance, *trust, confidence, faith …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dependence — or dependance [dē pen′dəns, dipen′dəns] n. [ME dependaunce < OFr dependance or ML dependentia < L dependens: see DEPENDENT] 1. the condition or fact of being dependent; specif., a) a being contingent upon or influenced, controlled, or… …   English World dictionary

  • dependence — noun 1 needing sb s help/support ADJECTIVE ▪ great, heavy ▪ a heavy dependence on imported materials ▪ absolute, complete, total ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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