Definition of Dependence

1. Noun. The state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else.

Exact synonyms: Dependance, Dependency
Generic synonyms: State
Specialized synonyms: Helplessness, Reliance, Subordination, Contingency
Derivative terms: Dependent, Depend, Dependent

2. Noun. Being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs).
Exact synonyms: Addiction, Dependance, Dependency, Habituation
Category relationships: Narcotic
Generic synonyms: Physical Condition, Physiological Condition, Physiological State
Specialized synonyms: Drug Addiction, White Plague
Derivative terms: Addict, Dependent, Dependent, Habituate

Definition of Dependence

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

Definition of Dependence

1. Noun. The state of being dependent, of relying upon another. ¹

2. Noun. An irresistible physical or psychological need, especially for a chemical substance. ¹

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Definition of Dependence

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Medical Definition of Dependence

1. The quality or condition of relying upon, being influenced by, or being subservient to a person or object reflecting a particular need. Origin: L. Dependeo, to hang from (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dependence

depend on
depend upon
dependant on(p)
dependence (current term)
dependency culture
dependency injection
dependency injections
dependency inversion principle
dependent beat
dependent clause
dependent clauses
dependent drainage
dependent oedema
dependent on(p)

Literary usage of Dependence

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General by M. Joycelyn Elders (1997)
"Physical dependence Nicotine administered to animals and humans produces altered ... That adolescents develop physical dependence, as evidenced by their ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The emotions, elicited by the recognition of dependence on God and by the deeply felt need of Divine help, give greater efficacy to the deliberate exercise ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"Intro- faith is, therefore, dependent on the def- duction inh ion of piety, which is the feeling of to the general dependence, since man becomes Glaubens- ..."

4. Algebra: An Elementary Text-book, for the Higher Classes of Secondary by George Chrystal (1904)
"In the meantime, we propose to discuss very briefly the simplest of all cases of the functional dependence of one quantity upon another, that, namely, ..."

5. Manual of Mental and Physical Tests: A Book of Directions Compiled with by Guy Montrose Whipple, ( (1915)
"TABLE 144 dependence of Range of Information on Academic Status (Smith) (2) dependence on sex. The results obtained at Ithaca and Austin, ..."

6. Sources of the Synoptic Gospels by Carl Safford Patton, ( (1915)
"CHAPTER I THE dependence OF MATTHEW AND LUKE UPON MARK The one universally accepted result of modern study of the synoptic problem is the dependence of ..."

7. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Together with A Journal of a Tour to the by James Boswell, Samuel Johnson (1888)
"A man may always keep his tenants under dependence enough, though they have leases. He must be a good tenant, indeed, who will not fall behind in his rent, ..."

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