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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Andre Anchondo — the husband of Jordan Anchondo, who was also killed in El Paso — had recently turned his life around after struggles with drug dependence and run-ins with the law, a friend recalled. Morgan Lee, Anchorage Daily News, "Shooting victims include a mom who died protecting her baby," 4 Aug. 2019 Andre Anchondo — the husband of Jordan Anchondo, who was also killed in El Paso — had recently turned his life around after struggles with drug dependence and run-ins with the law, a friend recalled. Morgan Lee, chicagotribune.com, "A woman who died protecting her baby is among the victims of this weekend’s mass shootings. Here are their stories.," 4 Aug. 2019 The Trump administration has pressed Pakistan to help forge a peace deal in Afghanistan, but the administration’s alliance with Islamabad is being tested by the South Asian country’s growing economic dependence on China. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump to Host Pakistan Leader Imran Khan at White House," 10 July 2019 For certain patients struggling with opioid dependence, buprenorphine is the best option. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Arizona will expand drug options for treating opioid dependence," 13 June 2019 However, quantum mechanics paved the way for today’s economy with its dependence on computer chips. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blazing a trail: UW professor's dream leads to breakthrough in identifying origin of cosmic rays," 12 July 2018 In clinical trials involving 866 adults with opioid dependence, those who were randomly assigned to take Lucemyra reported less severe withdrawal symptoms than people who were randomly assigned to take a placebo. Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, "FDA approves Lucemyra to treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal and help patients overcome addiction," 16 May 2018 September 2018) Trump’s growing dependence on a military strategy around the world will reduce US influence with its allies and all major powers. The New York Review of Books, "The Resurgence of Central Asia, Islam or Nationalism," 27 Mar. 2017 Opioid dependence is a public health concern in Fort Bend County. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County joins multi-jurisdictional lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of dependence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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dependence

noun
How to pronounce dependence (audio)

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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