Definition of dependency in English:

dependency

Syllabification: de·pend·en·cy
Pronunciation: /diˈpendənsē
 
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noun (plural dependencies)

  • 1A dependent or subordinate thing, especially a country or province controlled by another.
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    • At one time sovereign states could control foreign populated territory as colonial dependencies.
    • The different circumstances and traditions of the various colonies and dependencies meant that they were developing at different paces and had little in common.
    • Empires generally expect neighboring states and dependencies to accept their power and accommodate to it.
  • 2Dependence: the country’s dependency on the oil industry
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    • The bubble could burst if the residents of the high-risk area are being kept in a system of dependency on the ruling party.
    • Then there is the sinking stock market and the move from guaranteed retirement pay to dependency on the ups and downs of financial casinos.
    • But does this dependency on the fans change the band/audience dynamic in an entirely positive way?
    Synonyms
    dependence on, reliance on; need foraddiction, dependence, reliance; craving, compulsion, fixation, obsession; abuse

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