Definition of dependence in English:

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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.
helplessness, weakness, defencelessness, vulnerability;
subservience, subordination
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.
reliance on, need for, seeking support from, leaning on, clinging to;
trust in, faith in, confidence in, belief in
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;
US informal jones


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

Words that rhyme with dependence

attendance, interdependence, overdependence, resplendence, superintendence, tendance, transcendence

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