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Pronunciation:  di'penduns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  lack of independence or self-sufficiency
  2. [n]  being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)

DEPENDENCE is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: addiction, dependance, dependency, habituation
 See Also: contingency, drug addiction, helplessness, physiological condition, physiological state, reliance, state, subordination, white plague



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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

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.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: This usually refers to "drug dependence", which is the compulsion (physical or mental) to continue taking a drug as the result of habitual administration of the drug.
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