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Dependence definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. A state of hanging down from a supporter.
2. Any thing hanging down; a series of things hanging to another.
And made a long dependence from the bough.
3. Concatenation; connection by which one thing is sustained by another, in its place, operations or effects, or is affected by it.
But of this frame the bearings and the ties,
The strong connections, nice dependencies.
4. A state of being at the disposal of another; a state of being subject to the will of an intelligent cause, or to the power and operation of any other cause; inability to sustain itself without the aid of.
We ought to feel our dependence on God for life and support. The child should be sensible of his dependence on his parents. In the natural and moral world, we observe the dependence of one thing on another.
5. Reliance; confidence; trust; a resting on; as, we may have a firm dependence on the promises of God.
6. Accident; that of which the existence presupposes the existence of something else; that which pertains to something else; as modes which are considered as dependencies or affections of substances.
7. That which is attached to, but subordinate to something else; as this earth and its dependencies.
8. A territory remote from the kingdom or state to which it belongs, but subject to its dominion; as distant isles or countries. Great Britain has its dependencies, in Asia, Africa and America.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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]

Merriam Webster's

also dependance noun Date: 15th century 1. the quality or state of being dependent; especially the quality or state of being influenced or determined by or subject to another 2. reliance, trust 3. one that is relied on 4. a. drug addiction <developed a dependence on painkillers> b. habituation 2b

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the state of being dependent, esp. on financial or other support. 2 reliance; trust; confidence (shows great dependence on his judgement). Etymology: F dépendance (as DEPEND)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Dependence De*pend"ence, n. [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. Mutu??? ?onnection and support; concatenation; systematic ???er relation. So dark a??? 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. 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Your dependence on something or someone is your need for them in order to succeed or be able to survive. ...the city's traditional dependence on tourism... = reliance N-UNCOUNT: usu N on n 2. If you talk about drug dependence or alcohol dependence, you are referring to a situation where someone is addicted to drugs or is an alcoholic. = addiction N-UNCOUNT: usu n N 3. You talk about the dependence of one thing on another when the first thing will be affected or determined by the second. ...the dependence of circulation on production. N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Connection, concatenation, interdependence. 2. Reliance, trust, confidence. 3. Stay, staff, support, prop, buttress, supporter. 4. Subordination, subjection, conditioned existence, contingency, need (of).

Moby Thesaurus

Maecenas, a habit, abettor, acceptation, acception, acquiescence, acquired tolerance, acute alcoholism, addictedness, addiction, admirer, advocate, aficionado, alcoholism, amphetamine withdrawal symptoms, angel, apologist, aspiration, assumption, assurance, assured faith, assuredness, backer, barbiturate addiction, barbiturism, belief, buff, certainty, chain smoking, champion, cheerful expectation, chronic alcoholism, clientage, clientship, cocainism, confidence, contingency, conviction, correlation, crash, craving, credence, credit, credulity, danglement, dangling, defender, dependency, desire, dipsomania, doomed hope, drug addiction, drug culture, drug dependence, encourager, endorser, expectation, exponent, fair prospect, faith, fan, favorer, fervent hope, friend at court, good cheer, good hope, great expectations, habituation, hanging, high hopes, hope, hopeful prognosis, hopefulness, hopes, hoping, hoping against hope, interrelation, lover, mainstay, maintainer, nicotine addiction, paranymph, partisan, patron, pendency, pendulosity, pendulousness, pensileness, pensility, physical dependence, prayerful hope, presumption, promise, promoter, prospect, prospects, protagonist, psychological dependence, reception, relativity, reliance, reliance on, sanguine expectation, second, seconder, sectary, security, sider, sponsor, stalwart, standby, stock, store, support, supporter, sureness, surety, suspense, suspension, suspension of disbelief, sustainer, sympathizer, tolerance, trust, tutelage, upholder, votary, wardship, well-grounded hope, well-wisher, withdrawal sickness, withdrawal symptoms


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