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dependence

[dih-pen-duh ns] /dɪˈpɛn dəns/
noun
1.
the state of relying on or needing someone or something for aid, support, or the like.
2.
reliance; confidence; trust:
Her complete reliability earned her our dependence.
3.
an object of reliance or trust.
4.
the state of being conditional or contingent on something, as through a natural or logical sequence:
the dependence of an effect upon a cause.
5.
the state of being psychologically or physiologically dependent on a drug after a prolonged period of use.
6.
subordination or subjection:
the dependence of Martinique upon France.
Also, dependance.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English dependaunce < Old French dependance, equivalent to depend(re) (see depend) + -ance -ence
Related forms
nondependance, noun
nondependence, noun
overdependence, noun
predependence, noun
self-dependence, noun
semidependence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for selfdependence

dependence

/dɪˈpɛndəns/
noun
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
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Word Origin and History for selfdependence

dependence

n.

early 15c., from Middle French dépendance, from dependre (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. As an adjective from c.1600.

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selfdependence in Medicine

dependence de·pend·ence (dĭ-pěn'dəns)
n.

  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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