Definition of dependency in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈpɛnd(ə)nsi/

noun (plural dependencies)

1A country or province controlled by another: the islands became dependencies of Norway and Denmark
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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.
historical tributary, fief
archaic demesne
2 [mass noun] Dependence: 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?

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