Meaning of DEPENDENCE in English

DEPENDENCE

/di pen"deuhns/ , n.

1. the state of relying on or needing someone or something for aid, support, or the like.

2. reliance; confidence; trust: Her complete reliability earned her our dependence.

3. an object of reliance or trust.

4. the state of being conditional or contingent on something, as through a natural or logical sequence: the dependence of an effect upon a cause.

5. the state of being psychologically or physiologically dependent on a drug after a prolonged period of use.

6. subordination or subjection: the dependence of Martinique upon France.

Also, dependance .

[ 1400-50; late ME dependaunce dependance, equiv. to depend ( re ) (see DEPEND) + -ance -ENCE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .