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Definitions for dependence
dɪˈpɛn dənsde·pen·dence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dependence, dependance, dependencynoun

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

  2. addiction, dependence, dependance, dependency, habituationnoun

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


  1. dependencenoun

    The state of being dependent, of relying upon another.

    He had a deep dependence on her for guidance.

  2. dependencenoun

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

    Her dependence on cocaine led to her ruin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dependence, Dependencynoun

    Etymology: from depend, Latin.

    We invade the rights of our neighbours, not upon account of covetousness, but of dominion, that we may create dependencies. Jeremy Collier, on Pride.

    Let me report to him
    Your sweet dependency, and you shall find
    A conqu’ror that will pray in aid for kindness,
    Where he for grace is kneel’d to. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    At their setting out they must have their commission, or letters patents from the king, that so they may acknowledge their dependency upon the crown of England. Francis Bacon, to Villiers.

    We speak of the sublunary worlds, this earth, and its dependencies, which rose out of a chaos about six thousand years ago. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Her madness hath the oddest frame of sense;
    Such a dependency of thing on thing,
    As e’er I heard in madness. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    I took pleasure to trace out the cause of effects, and the dependence of one thing upon another in the visible creation. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    The expectation of the performance of our desire, is that we call dependence upon him for help and assistance. Edward Stillingfleet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dependencenoun

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

  2. Dependencenoun

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

  3. Dependencenoun

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

  4. Dependencenoun

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

  5. Dependencenoun

    a resting with confidence; reliance; trust

  6. Dependencenoun

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

  7. Dependencenoun

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

  8. Dependencenoun

    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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dependence in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dependence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of dependence in a Sentence

  1. Cyril Connolly:

    All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.

  2. David Yeung:

    If we want to change the world, we must find ways to shift Asian diet and consumption, which means we must find ways to reduce Asia's dependence on pork and other meat products.

  3. Syria Ramla Khalidi:

    It's an unprecedented crisis in terms of its complexity, year on year the amount of funding has increased and yet we see humanitarian needs also increasing, so I think we need to change the model, reduce humanitarian dependence and focus more funding on early recovery and resilience efforts.

  4. Kieran Baxter:

    The scale of the ice loss was immediately evident as we reached altitude but it was only by comparing the images side-by-side that the last 100 years of change were made visible. It was both a breathtaking and heartbreaking experience, particularly knowing that the melt has accelerated massively in the last few decades, unless we drastically reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, there will be little ice left to photograph in another hundred years.

  5. Group Chief Executive Jeffrey Hwang:

    The supply chain in electronics and semiconductors is really long, so one way or another you touch China, china is a big supply chain that has served the world really well, so companies will not stop going to China entirely but probably they will cut down on dependence on China alone.

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    lacking in nutritive value
    • A. ostensive
    • B. bibulous
    • C. jejune
    • D. irascible

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