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Pronunciation:  di'pendunsee

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)

DEPENDENCY is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*pend"en*cy\, n.; pl. {Dependencies}.
1. State of being dependent; dependence; state of being
   subordinate; subordination; concatenation; connection;
   reliance; trust.

         Any long series of action, the parts of which have
         very much dependency each on the other. --Sir J.

   So that they may acknowledge their dependency on the crown
   of England.                                 --Bacon.

2. A thing hanging down; a dependence.

3. That which is attached to something else as its
   consequence, subordinate, satellite, and the like.

         This earth and its dependencies.      --T. Burnet.

         Modes I call such complex ideas which . . . are
         considered as dependencies on or affections of
         substances.                           --Locke.

4. A territory remote from the kingdom or state to which it
   belongs, but subject to its dominion; a colony; as, Great
   Britain has its dependencies in Asia, Africa, and America.

Note: Dependence is more used in the abstract, and dependency
      in the concrete. The latter is usually restricted in
      meaning to 3 and 4.