dependence

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
de•pend•ence /dɪˈpɛndəns/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. the state of relying on someone or something for aid or support:the dependence on the West for luxury items.
  2. reliance;
    trust:dependence on religion.
  3. the state of being a condition for something to follow:the dependence of an effect upon a cause.
  4. Psychiatrythe state of being psychologically or physiologically dependent on a drug:the frightening dependence on drugs.
Sometimes,  deˈpend•ance. See -pend-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
de•pend•ence  (di pendəns),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the state of relying on or needing someone or something for aid, support, or the like.
  2. reliance;
    confidence;
    trust:Her complete reliability earned her our dependence.
  3. an object of reliance or trust.
  4. the state of being conditional or contingent on something, as through a natural or logical sequence:the dependence of an effect upon a cause.
  5. Psychiatrythe state of being psychologically or physiologically dependent on a drug after a prolonged period of use.
  6. subordination or subjection:the dependence of Martinique upon France.
Also,  de•pendance. 
  • Old French dependance, equivalent. to depend(re) (see depend) + -ance -ence
  • late Middle English dependaunce 1400–50


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

dependence, sometimes US dependance /dɪˈpɛndəns/ n
  1. the state or fact of being dependent, esp for support or help
  2. reliance; trust; confidence



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