2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Dependence \De*pend"ence\, noun [LL. dependentia, fr. L. dependens. See {Dependent}, and cf. {Dependance}.]

1. The act or state of depending; state of being dependent; a hanging down or from; suspension from a support.

2. The state of being influenced and determined by something; subjection (as of an effect to its cause).

The cause of effects, and the dependence of one thing upon another. --Bp. Burnet.

3. Mutual connection and support; concatenation; systematic inter-relation.

So dark and so intricate of purpose, without any dependence or order. --Sir T. More.

4. Subjection to the direction or disposal of another; inability to help or provide for one's self; a lack of independence or self-sufficiency.

Syn: dependance, dependency. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

Reduced to a servile dependence on their mercy. --Burke.

5. A resting with confidence; reliance; trust.

Affectionate dependence on the Creator is the spiritual life of the soul. --T. Erskine.

6. That on which one depends or relies; as, he was her sole dependence.

7. That which depends; anything dependent or suspended; anything attached a subordinate to, or contingent on, something else.

Like a large cluster of black grapes they show And make a large dependence from the bough. --Dryden.

8. A matter depending, or in suspense, and still to be determined; ground of controversy or quarrel. [Obs.]

To go on now with my first dependence. --Beau. & Fl.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else [syn: {dependence}, {dependance}, {dependency}]

2: being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs) [syn: {addiction}, {dependence}, {dependance}, {dependency}, {habituation}]

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