noun de·pen·dence \di-ˈpen-dən(t)s\

: the state of needing something or someone else for support, help, etc.

: the state of being addicted to alcohol or a drug

Full Definition of DEPENDENCE

:  the quality or state of being dependent; especially :  the quality or state of being influenced or determined by or subject to another
:  one that is relied on
a :  drug addiction <developed a dependence on painkillers>
b :  habituation 2b

Variants of DEPENDENCE

de·pen·dence also de·pen·dance \di-ˈpen-dən(t)s\

Examples of DEPENDENCE

  1. The company was hurt by its dependence on government loans.
  2. Our dependence upon foreign oil makes our economy vulnerable.
  3. a harmful dependence on foreign oil

First Known Use of DEPENDENCE

15th century


noun de·pen·dence \di-ˈpen-dən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DEPENDENCE

:  the quality or state of being dependent upon or unduly subject to the influence of another
a :  drug addiction b :  habituation 2b


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