the state of relying on or needing someone or something for aid, support, or the like.
reliance; confidence; trust: Her complete reliability earned her our dependence.
an object of reliance or trust.
the state of being conditional or contingent on something, as through a natural or logical sequence: the dependence of an effect upon a cause.
the state of being psychologically or physiologically dependent on a drug after a prolonged period of use.
subordination or subjection: the dependence of Martinique upon France.
Also, dependance.

1400–50; late Middle English dependaunce < Old French dependance, equivalent to depend(re) (see depend) + -ance -ence

nondependance, noun
nondependence, noun
overdependence, noun
predependence, noun
self-dependence, noun
semidependence, noun Unabridged
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dependence or sometimes (US) dependance (dɪˈpɛndəns)
1.  the state or fact of being dependent, esp for support or help
2.  reliance; trust; confidence
3.  rare an object or person relied upon
dependance or sometimes (US) dependance

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Word Origin & History

1530s (n.), c.1600 (adj.), from Fr. dépendance (15c.), from O.Fr. despendence (14c.), from dependant, from L. dependere (see depend). Originally also dependance (the earlier form), depending whether the writer had French or Latin foremost
in mind, the Latin form gradually predominated and after c.1800 dependance is rare.
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dependence de·pend·ence (dĭ-pěn'dəns)

  1. The state of being dependent, as for support.

  2. Subordination to someone or something needed or greatly desired.

  3. A compulsive or chronic need; an addiction.

de·pend'en·cy n.
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Example sentences
Faculty should use their collective clout, such as it is, to reduce
  administrative dependence on these ratings.
But in the diversity of answers he could find no sure dependence.
Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands,
  draws to a close.
Corn ethanol is not the ultimate solution to decreasing our dependence on oil,
  and neither is it the ideal climate solution.
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