dependence

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

b : habituation sense 2b

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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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As Nadella increasingly moves the company away from complete dependence on the Windows operating system to more in-house development on Linux, the company needs new ways to connect with the broader developer community. Bloomberg News, OregonLive.com, "Microsoft buys popular coder hangout GitHub for $7.5 billion," 4 June 2018 As Nadella increasingly moves the company away from complete dependence on the Windows operating system to more in-house development on Linux, the company needs new ways to connect with the broader developer community. BostonGlobe.com, "Microsoft is said to have agreed to acquire coding site GitHub," 3 June 2018 This feature of addiction — a compulsion to be high that circumvents logic, judgment and self-interest — is what can prompt relapses even years after the body has been cured of all physical dependence. Jennifer Egan, New York Times, "Children of the Opioid Epidemic," 9 May 2018 The unsettling allure of technological dependence has been a bugbear for parents and commentators for years. Ben Popken, NBC News, "Apple investors urge action on iPhone addiction among kids," 8 Jan. 2018 To reduce its dependence on US soy, Beijing could also try to squeeze more beans out of each acre at home. Raymond Zhong, BostonGlobe.com, "China’s taste for soybeans is a weak spot in trade war with Trump," 9 July 2018 To reduce its dependence on American soy, Beijing could also try to squeeze more beans out of each acre at home. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "China’s Taste for Soybeans Is a Weak Spot in the Trade War With Trump," 9 July 2018 Renewable energy would also reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources: a boon to America’s economic and geopolitical stability. Nathan Sproul, Fortune, "How Relying on Oil Makes Us More Vulnerable to Cyberattacks," 10 May 2018 Not surprisingly, opinions on the two giant companies' departure from strict dependence on traditional appraisals vary widely. Kenneth R. Harney, chicagotribune.com, "Appraisal-free home sales cut costs, but may come with risks," 29 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of dependence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of dependence 

1 : the quality or state of being dependent upon or unduly subject to the influence of another

2a : drug addiction

b : habituation sense 2b

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