Definition of Dependency

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

Exact synonyms: Dependance, Dependence
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, Dependence, Habituation
Category relationships: Narcotic
Generic synonyms: Physical Condition, Physiological Condition, Physiological State
Specialized synonyms: Drug Addiction, White Plague
Derivative terms: Addict, Dependent, Dependent, Habituate

3. Noun. A geographical area politically controlled by a distant country.
Exact synonyms: Colony
Specialized synonyms: Crown Colony
Generic synonyms: Geographic Area, Geographic Region, Geographical Area, Geographical Region
Specialized synonyms: Cayman Islands, New Netherland
Derivative terms: Colonial, Colonist, Dependent

Definition of Dependency

1. n. State of being dependent; dependence; state of being subordinate; subordination; concatenation; connection; reliance; trust.

Definition of Dependency

1. Noun. A state of dependence; a refusal to exercise initiative. ¹

2. Noun. Something dependent on, or subordinate to, something else: ¹

3. Noun. A colony, or a territory subject to rule by an external power. ¹

4. Noun. A dependence on a habit-forming substance such as a drug or alcohol; addiction. ¹

5. Noun. (computing) Reliance on the functionality provided by some other, external component. ¹

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Definition of Dependency

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Medical Definition of Dependency

1. The tendency of an individual or individuals to rely on others for advice, guidance, or support. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dependency

dependant on(p)
dependency (current term)
dependency culture
dependency injection
dependency injections
dependency inversion principle
dependent beat
dependent clause
dependent clauses
dependent drainage
dependent oedema
dependent on(p)
dependent personality
dependent personality disorder
dependent variable

Literary usage of Dependency

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

1. Problems of Child Welfare by George Benjamin Mangold (1914)
"Causes of dependency. The prevention of dependency furnishes one of the most ... A very large percentage of dependency is due to fundamental conditions that ..."

2. Counselor's Manual for Relapse Prevention with Chemically Dependent Criminal by Terence T. Gorski, John M. Kelley (1999)
"Chapter 1—What Is Chemical dependency/Addiction? Chemical dependency is a ... As a result of the disease of chemical dependency, people are unable to ..."

3. An Essay on the Government of Dependencies by George Cornewall Lewis, Charles Prestwood Lucas (1891)
"Modes by There are two modes in which a dependency may lose its distinctive ... As a dependency is a territory governed by an immediate government of a ..."

4. The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, and Literature for by Edmund Burke, Benjamin Franklin Collection (Library of Congress), John Davis Batchelder Collection (Library of Congress) (1793)
"... the dependency of the colonies, &c. Bill brought in for the total repeal of ... dependency on the crown and parliament, Sec. ..."

5. Jewish Philanthropy: An Exposition of Principles and Methods of Jewish by Boris David Bogen (1917)
"At the same time, there are, in the case of dependency among the Jews, special causes ... In those days the underlying cause of dependency,—the reason for ..."

6. Child Problems by George Benjamin Mangold (1913)
"Such cases differ from pure dependency in that, not only must a proper ... CAUSES OF dependency. The prevention of dependency furnishes one of the most ..."

7. Overview of Addiction Treatment Effectiveness by Mim J. Landry (1996)
"During the 1980's, "traditional" chemical dependency treatment was the predominant approach for addicted employees at companies with employee assistance ..."

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