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Meaning of dependence

de•pend•ence

Pronunciation: (di-pen'duns), [key]
— n.
  1. the state of relying on or needing someone or something for aid, support, or the like.
  2. reliance; confidence; trust: Her complete reliability earned her our dependence.
  3. an object of reliance or trust.
  4. the state of being conditional or contingent on something, as through a natural or logical sequence: the dependence of an effect upon a cause.
  5. the state of being psychologically or physiologically dependent on a drug after a prolonged period of use.
  6. subordination or subjection: the dependence of Martinique upon France.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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