What does dependence mean?

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.


  1. dependence

    Dependence refers to a state of reliance or need for something or someone for support or survival. This can manifest in various contexts such as emotional, financial, chemical, or physical dependence and can range from reliance on a person, substance, or activity. It generally implies a lack of self-sufficiency or autonomy.

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. Vince Lombardi:

    Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity.

  2. Irene Ekonga:

    [ Once the transport ban lifts ], women in close proximity with abusive partners might be able to report and seek refuge elsewhere, issues like economic difficulties are still likely to persist, as well as dependence on male partners for financial support. Cases might drop slightly but by and large, I think they will remain higher than the rates before the lockdown.

  3. Ann Kirkpatrick:

    I do, however, have another challenge I must face, which was the underlying cause of my fall. Beginning next week, I will receive treatment that I have struggled to ask for, to treat my alcohol dependence.

  4. Bongkiyung Emmanuel Nyuyki:

    The main agricultural products – maize, groundnuts, millet, sorghum and rice – suffer enormously due to their high dependence on rainfall. The June 15 deadline for (starting) farming has been unreliable with early as well as late onset of the planting season year in and year out.

  5. Colin Gillis of BGC Partners:

    There’s a variety of risks of having dependence on sales in China to Apple Inc -LRB- AAPL.O -RRB-, and government intervention in whatever form is one of them.

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    actively or fully engaged or occupied
    A hatched
    B busy
    C dependable
    D transparent

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