dependence

noun
de·​pen·​dence | \ di-ˈpen-dən(t)s How to pronounce dependence (audio) \
variants: or less commonly dependance

Definition of dependence

1 : the quality or state of being dependent especially : the quality or state of being influenced or determined by or subject to another
3 : one that is relied on
4a : drug addiction developed a dependence on painkillers

Examples of dependence in a Sentence

The company was hurt by its dependence on government loans. Our dependence upon foreign oil makes our economy vulnerable. a harmful dependence on foreign oil
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Recent Examples on the Web China is once again in the throes of a determined government attempt to rein in housing prices, boost domestic consumption and reduce dependence on the outside world. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 13 Jan. 2022 Most nonprofit schools fundraise, seeking donations from successful alumni and others to reduce dependence on student debt. David Jesse And Anna Clark, Freep.com, 12 Jan. 2022 Most nonprofit schools fundraise, seeking donations from successful alumni and others to reduce dependence on student debt. Anna Clark, ProPublica, 12 Jan. 2022 Some have argued that the current difficulties are an argument for investing more in renewables, an argument based on the idea that this would reduce dependence on other energy sources. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 8 Jan. 2022 But the company's boldest ambition is to convert seaweed to biofuel, helping to reduce India's dependence on crude oil. Nell Lewis, CNN, 5 Jan. 2022 Truss urged European leaders to reduce their dependence on Russian natural gas and suggested that the U.K. might take steps to lock Russian money out of British financial markets. Grayson Quay, The Week, 11 Dec. 2021 Zelenskyy's administration also seeks to block the implementation of Nord Stream II, the $11 billion pipeline project linking Russia and Germany that will reduce Europe's dependence on Russian gas via Ukraine. Arkansas Online, 8 Dec. 2021 Yet ultimately, experts say, only when China announces a more detailed plan for reaching peak carbon emissions before 2030 will the impact of the current power crisis on the country’s willingness to reduce its dependence on coal become clearer. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of dependence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dependence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dependence. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for dependence

dependence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dependence

: the state of needing something or someone else for support, help, etc.
: the state of being addicted to alcohol or a drug

dependence

noun
de·​pen·​dence | \ di-ˈpen-dəns How to pronounce dependence (audio) \

Kids Definition of dependence

1 : a condition of being influenced and caused by something else
2 : a state of having to rely on someone or something dependence on charity
4 : addiction to drugs or alcohol

dependence

noun
de·​pen·​dence | \ di-ˈpen-dən(t)s How to pronounce dependence (audio) \

Medical Definition of dependence

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

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