dependence

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noun de·pen·dence \di-ˈpen-dən(t)s\

Definition of dependence

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being dependent; especially :  the quality or state of being influenced or determined by or subject to another

  2. 2 :  reliance, trust

  3. 3 :  one that is relied on

  4. 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

15th Century

First Known Use of dependence

15th century

Variants of dependence

less commonly

dependance


DEPENDENCE Defined for English Language Learners

dependence

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noun de·pen·dence \di-ˈpen-dən(t)s\

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. 1 :  a condition of being influenced and caused by something else

  2. 2 :  a state of having to rely on someone or something <dependence on charity>

  3. 3 :  2trust 1, reliance

  4. 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. 1:  the quality or state of being dependent upon or unduly subject to the influence of another

  2. 2a:  drug addictionb:  habituation 2b



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