from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state of being dependent, as for support.
- n. Subordination to someone or something needed or greatly desired.
- n. Trust; reliance. See Synonyms at trust.
- n. The state of being determined, influenced, or controlled by something else.
- n. A compulsive or chronic need; an addiction: an alcohol dependence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being dependent, of relying upon another.
- n. An irresistible physical or psychological need, especially for a chemical substance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or state of depending; state of being dependent; a hanging down or from; suspension from a support.
- n. The state of being influenced and determined by something; subjection (as of an effect to its cause).
- n. Mutual connection and support; concatenation; systematic inter-relation.
- n. Subjection to the direction or disposal of another; inability to help or provide for one's self; a lack of independence or self-sufficiency.
- n. A resting with confidence; reliance; trust.
- n. That on which one depends or relies.
- n. That which depends; anything dependent or suspended; anything attached a subordinate to, or contingent on, something else.
- n. A matter depending, or in suspense, and still to be determined; ground of controversy or quarrel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fact of being dependent or pendent; the relation of a hanging thing to the support from which it hangs; a hanging; also, the hanging thing itself.
- n. The relation of logical consequent to its antecedent, of conclusion to premise, or of a contingent fact to the condition upon which it depends; the relation of effect to cause.
- n. The state of deriving existence, support, or direction from another; the state of being subject to the power and operation of some extraneous force; subjection or subordination to another or to something else: as, dependence is the natural condition of childhood; the dependence of life upon solar heat.
- n. Reliance; confidence; trust; a resting on something: as, we may have a firm dependence on the promises of God.
- n. In law: The quality of being conditional on something else. See dependent, 5. Pendency; the condition of awaiting determination.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
- n. the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else
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