variants also dependance
as in dependency
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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as in anchor
something or someone to which one looks for support ultimately rice became the chief dependence in that state

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as in addiction
a physiological need for certain drugs acquired a dependence on prescription painkillers following back surgery

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“Dependence.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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