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dependency

[dih-pen-duh n-see] /dɪˈpɛn dən si/
noun, plural dependencies.
1.
the state of being dependent; dependence.
2.
something dependent or subordinate; appurtenance.
3.
an outbuilding or annex.
4.
a subject territory that is not an integral part of the ruling country.
Also, dependancy.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; dependence + -y3
Related forms
nondependancy, noun, plural nondependancies.
nondependency, noun, plural nondependencies.
self-dependency, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for de pendency

dependency

/dɪˈpɛndənsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
a territory subject to a state on which it does not border
2.
a dependent or subordinate person or thing
3.
(psychol) overreliance by a person on another person or on a drug, etc
4.
another word for dependence
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Word Origin and History for de pendency

dependency

1590s (adj.), 1610s (n.); see dependent + -cy. Originally also dependancy, on the French model, but the Latinate form gradually pushed this into disuse; see -ance. Meaning "territory subordinate to another nation" is recorded from 1680s.

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