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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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  • The surveys were modified versions of evaluations used to screen for alcohol and drug dependency.
  • Many scientists and policymakers have long recognized the consequences of charcoal dependency.
  • Much of our oil is imported, creating a dependency on sources that are unpredictable and costly.
  • City planners create communities that are designed for more walking and less dependency on cars.
  • The adjustments to the survey will help achieve more accurate results and reduce dependency on the weather.
  • It is a sign of dependency that she is scraping at the door.
  • But our fundamental goals must be to reduce dependency and upgrade the dignity of those who are infirm or disadvantaged.
  • However, the government has recently strengthened its tax system to reduce dependency on customs duties.
  • Your first step should be to reconsider your automobile dependency.
  • Far more of an threat to students' long-term success is the dependency they can develop upon people, especially teachers.
British Dictionary definitions for dependency


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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