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dependence

noun
variants: also dependance

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1 the quality or state of needing something or someone
  • a baby's total dependence upon his or her parents for every one of life's needs

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2 something or someone to which one looks for support
  • ultimately rice became the chief dependence in that state

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3 a physiological need for certain drugs
  • acquired a dependence on prescription painkillers following back surgery

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The first known use of dependence was in the 15th century

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“Dependence.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/dependence. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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