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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Australia never fully terminated its dependence on British monarchy and remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Rick Noack, The Seattle Times, "Australia tried its own government shutdown in 1975. The queen was not amused and it never happened again.," 2 Jan. 2019 Still, there’s no doubt that the industry as a whole is heading to electrification, a good thing as the world lessens its dependence on cars and looks to combat climate change. Megan Barber, Curbed, "World’s first fully electric RV will debut in 2019," 14 Dec. 2018 She's spoken about wanting to play more by feel and lessening her dependence on mechanics, which sounds like a solid strategy. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: How Can the Zurich Classic Be Improved?," 30 Apr. 2018 Moving from one browser to two already means that the worst of the non-standard code and dependence on implementation quirks must be addressed. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to," 17 Dec. 2018 Standing up to Mr Trump feels intoxicating, but Europe’s options are limited by its own divisions and dependence. The Economist, "Europe has few good options for dealing with Donald Trump," 17 May 2018 This doom loop supposedly can be broken only with a new round of regulations of bank balance sheets to free them from financial dependence on their sovereigns. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Italy’s ‘Doom Loops,’ Imagined and Real," 3 Jan. 2019 The new law also dovetails with the monarchy’s ambitious economic changes that aim to wean Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s top producer, from dependence on oil and to diversify the economy — shifts that require women to be workers and consumers. Margaret Coker, New York Times, "Saudi Women Can Drive, but Here’s the Real Roadblock," 22 June 2018 Turkey has plans for 80 new power stations to double its coal capacity and reduce dependence on imports. Rupert Darwall, WSJ, "Defeat in the Air at the Climate Conference," 18 Dec. 2018

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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 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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