dependency

[dih-pen-duhn-see]
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:
1585–95; dependence + -y3

nondependancy, noun, plural nondependancies.
nondependency, noun, plural nondependencies.
self-dependency, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To dependancy
Collins
World English Dictionary
dependency or sometimes (US) dependancy (dɪˈpɛndənsɪ)
 
n , 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
 
dependancy or sometimes (US) dependancy
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

dependancy
early variant of dependency, rare since c.1800; see -ance.

dependency
1590s (adj.), 1610s (n.), from dependent (q.v.). 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 1684.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
These animals cannot be released into the wild they have been altered to the point of dependancy on humans.
Every local government can do more than any other group to decrease oil dependancy.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;