Definition of dependence in English:


Line breaks: de¦pend|ence
Pronunciation: /dɪˈpɛnd(ə)ns


[mass noun]
  • 1The state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else: Japan’s dependence on imported oil
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    • But James aimed to free the crown from any dependence on its subjects.
    • The importance of sea control has increased with the world's growing dependence on international trade and ocean resources.
    • Her mental condition slowly deteriorates with her growing dependence on a fantasy she is unable to control.
  • 1.1Reliance on someone or something for financial support: the dependence of our medical schools on grant funds
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    • Choices made within these relationships, he argued, may give rise to the financial dependence of one partner on the other.
    • As with the Chinese, the Japanese family also plays a key role in maintaining social stability, dependence, and mutual support.
    • What she chooses is true love and financial dependence - outside marriage.
  • 1.2Addiction to drink or drugs: alcohol dependence
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    • Injections are also being developed to help tackle other serious addictions, including drugs dependence.
    • Lifetime risks and correlates for both alcohol and drug abuse and dependence were estimated.
    • With proper and timely treatment the victim of alcohol dependence can beat his addiction and lead a useful, productive life.
    addiction, dependency, over-reliance, reliance; craving, compulsion, fixation, obsession; abuse


late Middle English (in the sense 'hanging down or something that hangs down'): from Old French dependance, from the verb dependre (see depend).

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