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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Dependence.
  • n. Something dependent or subordinate.
  • n. A territory under the jurisdiction of a state of which it does not form an integral part.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A state of dependence; a refusal to exercise initiative.
  • n. Something dependent on, or subordinate to, something else:
  • n. A colony, or a territory subject to rule by an external power.
  • n. A dependence on a habit-forming substance such as a drug or alcohol; addiction.
  • n. Reliance on the functionality provided by some other, external component.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. State of being dependent; dependence; state of being subordinate; subordination; concatenation; connection; reliance; trust.
  • n. A thing hanging down; a dependence.
  • n. That which is attached to something else as its consequence, subordinate, satellite, and the like.
  • n. A territory remote from the kingdom or state to which it belongs, but subject to its dominion; a colony.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as dependence.
  • n. That of which the existence presupposes the existence of something else; that which depends for its existence upon something else.
  • n. An accident or a quality; something non essential.
  • n. That which is subordinate to and dependent upon something else; especially, a territory subject to the control of a power of which it does not form an integral part; a dependent state or colony: as, the sun and its dependencies; the dependencies of Great Britain.
  • n. The subject or cause of a quarrel, when duels were in vogue; the affair depending.
  • n. An out-building; in the plural, offices; minor buildings adjoining or adjacent to a principal structure: as, the hotel and its dependencies.
  • n. Synonyms Dependence, Dependency. These forms are now seldom used interchangeably, as they were formerly, dependence being employed almost exclusively in abstract senses, and dependency in concrete ones, or for things or facts instead of relations or states.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else
  • n. a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country
  • n. being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)

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