Definitions for dependencedɪˈpɛn dəns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•pend•encedɪˈpɛn dəns(n.)

  1. the state of relying on or needing someone or something for aid, support, or the like.

  2. reliance; trust.

  3. the state of being conditional or contingent on something:

    the dependence of an effect upon a cause.

  4. the state of being psychologically or physiologically dependent on a drug or alcohol.

    Category: Psychiatry

  5. subordination or subjection.

Origin of dependence:

1400–50; < OF

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dependence, dependance, dependency(noun)

    the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else

  2. addiction, dependence, dependance, dependency, habituation(noun)

    being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dependence(noun)ɪˈpɛn dəns

    ≠ independence

    the country's dependence on oil; her dependence on her family

  2. dependenceɪˈpɛn dəns

    sb's uncontrollable need for a drug

    the patient's dependence on pain killers; drug/alcohol dependence


  1. dependence(Noun)

    The state of being dependent, of relying upon another.

    He had a deep dependence on her for guidance.

  2. dependence(Noun)

    An irresistible physical or psychological need, especially for a chemical substance.

    Her dependence on cocaine led to her ruin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dependence(noun)

    the act or state of depending; state of being dependent; a hanging down or from; suspension from a support

  2. Dependence(noun)

    the state of being influenced and determined by something; subjection (as of an effect to its cause)

  3. Dependence(noun)

    mutu/// /onnection and support; concatenation; systematic ///er relation

  4. Dependence(noun)

    subjection to the direction or disposal of another; inability to help or provide for one's self

  5. Dependence(noun)

    a resting with confidence; reliance; trust

  6. Dependence(noun)

    that on which one depends or relies; as, he was her sole dependence

  7. Dependence(noun)

    that which depends; anything dependent or suspended; anything attached a subordinate to, or contingent on, something else

  8. Dependence(noun)

    a matter depending, or in suspense, and still to be determined; ground of controversy or quarrel

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dependence' in Nouns Frequency: #2569


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