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[dih-pen-duh n-see] /dɪˈpɛn dən si/
noun, plural dependencies.
the state of being dependent; dependence.
something dependent or subordinate; appurtenance.
an outbuilding or annex.
a subject territory that is not an integral part of the ruling country.
Origin of dependency
1585-95; dependence + -y3
Related forms
nondependancy, noun, plural nondependancies.
nondependency, noun, plural nondependencies.
self-dependency, noun Unabridged
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  • But at the same time there seem to be some obvious dependencies.
  • It has created many dependencies without a reasonable solution.
  • Nobody involved seems to have any chemical dependencies or self-destructive tendencies.
  • The financial crisis has substantially reversed the dependencies in the global economy.
  • People who suffer from the effects of alcohol and drug dependencies are nothing new.
  • Books, unlike our more complicated media, have no technological dependencies when it comes time to access their contents.
  • If closed formats dominate, there's another whole pile of dependencies.
  • It is easy to forget the physical dependencies of telecoms infrastructure.
  • Two consecutive decades of low and relatively stable prices is a long time to build in dependencies.
  • It seems probable that these relative dependencies on spillovers are related to skill levels and job types.
British Dictionary definitions for dependencies


noun (pl) -cies
a territory subject to a state on which it does not border
a dependent or subordinate person or thing
(psychol) overreliance by a person on another person or on a drug, etc
another word for dependence
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Word Origin and History for dependencies

"territories subordinate to another nation," 1680s; see 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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