AskDefine | Define dependence

Dictionary Definition



1 lack of independence or self-sufficiency [syn: dependance, dependency]
2 being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs) [syn: addiction, dependency, habituation]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The state of being dependent, of relying upon another.
    He had a deep dependence on her for guidance.
  2. An irresistible physical or psychological need, especially for a chemical substance.
    Her dependence on cocaine was her ruination.



state of being dependent
  • Czech: závislost
  • Dutch: afhankelijkheid, nood
  • Esperanto: dependeco
  • Greek: εξάρτηση
  • Hebrew: תלות (tlut)
  • Italian: dipendenza
irresistible need
  • Dutch: verslaving, afhankelijkheid
  • Esperanto: manio, pasio
  • Greek: εξάρτηση, εθισμός

Extensive Definition

Dependency or dependent may refer to:*Chemical dependency, a need for a substance so strong that it becomes necessary to have this substance to function properly
dependence in German: Abhängigkeit
dependence in Esperanto: Dependeco
dependence in French: Dépendance
dependence in Dutch: Afhankelijkheid
dependence in Russian: Зависимость
dependence in Simple English: Dependency

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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