dependence

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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
4 a :drug addiction
  • developed a dependence on painkillers
b :habituation 2b

Examples of dependence in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of dependence from the Web

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First Known Use of dependence

15th century


DEPENDENCE Defined for English Language Learners

dependence

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Definition of dependence for English Language Learners

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

  • : the state of being addicted to alcohol or a drug


DEPENDENCE Defined for Kids

dependence

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noun de·pen·dence \ di-ˈpen-dəns \

Definition of dependence for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

dependence

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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
2 a :drug addiction
b :habituation 2b


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