de·​pen·​den·​cy | \ di-ˈpen-dən(t)-sē How to pronounce dependency (audio) \
plural dependencies

Definition of dependency

2 : something that is dependent on something else especially : a territorial unit under the jurisdiction of a nation but not formally annexed by it
3 : a building (such as a stable) that is an adjunct to a main dwelling

Examples of dependency in a Sentence

the country's dependency on foreign oil a dependency on foreign oil
Recent Examples on the Web Europe is breaking away from dependency on Putin for gas. Amy Gunia / Koror, Time, 18 Apr. 2022 Longtime climber and Oshika transplant Munakata Mitsuru worries about the village’s increasing dependency on the Nagano prefectural government, as well as pollution. Takehiko Kambayashi, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Apr. 2022 Germany now must chart a path to extricate itself from dependency upon Russia for nearly half of its energy requirements. Jerry Hendrix, National Review, 23 Feb. 2022 The isolation increases a victim’s dependency on their abuser and downgrades their self-esteem. Erica Sweeney, Good Housekeeping, 22 Apr. 2022 Unlike the 1970s, today there are technological and geographic alternatives to mitigate dependency on oil coming from authoritarian regimes and accelerate energy reliance on renewables, nuclear, and LNG. David Kamenetzky And Leopoldo López, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 The center-right chancellor supported the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, bucking U.S. recommendations and deepening her country’s dependency on Russian fossil fuels. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 But already there is the concern that Germany will trade one dependency for another. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 In other words, the 21% corporate tax rate has no dependency on the amount of taxable income being generated or the underlying wages or qualified property in the business. Lynn Mucenski Keck, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dependency

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dependency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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plural dependencies

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