self-de·​pen·​dence ˌself-di-ˈpen-dən(t)s How to pronounce self-dependence (audio)
: dependence on one's own resources or efforts : self-reliance
" … If you won't help me, I'll manage without help." "Do; there is nothing like self-reliance, self-dependence."Charlotte Brontë
In 1861 he encouraged the self-dependence of the working class by establishing the Post Office Savings Bank …J. R. Edwards

Examples of self-dependence in a Sentence

encouraged her children to develop self-dependence at a relatively early age a level of self-dependence rarely seen in teens
Recent Examples on the Web As Locke put it in his essay, this was a period of renewal, of self-respect, and of self-dependence among Black people. Ken Makin, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1620, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-dependence was circa 1620

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“Self-dependence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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