from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See dependence, dependency.

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  • noun archaic dependence
  • noun Misspelling of dependence

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

  • noun being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
  • noun the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else


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  • Nature thought good sense a handsome dower — but good sense in dependance is like a chef d oeuvres of Raffaelle [10] in a bog house. if the savages of America have fewer luxuries than the slaves of Europe they have fewer miseries — the artificial distinctions of birth & fortune are unknown — distinctions which though the Philosopher must despise, he must want. on the banks of the Oronoko when the young savages is born — his infancy is neither embitterd by fashionable nursing his puberty by absurd education or his life by the anxieties so frequent

    Letter 66

  • For the first time since 1977, our foreign oil dependance is dropping.

    Interesting… « Tai-Chi Policy

  • Quit spending taxpayer money on social programs that create long-term dependance on government rather than foster independence from government.

    Matthew Yglesias » Hagel-Bloomberg?

  • The Playfair business was a respectable business to buy; the Plummer Place, though it stood in an unfashionable outskirt, was a respectable place to settle in; and the minister, in casting his lot in Elgin, envisaged John Murchison as part of it, thought of him confidently as a "dependance," saw him among the future elders and office-bearers of the congregation, a man who would be punctual with his pew-rent, sage in his judgements, and whose views upon church attendance would be extended to his family.

    The Imperialist

  • What we need is to find alternate sources of energy and slowly end our dependance on oil once and for all.

    Obama energy plan would open up Gulf drilling, could win GOP support

  • Serial readers/ users/ viewers and reduced dependance on the occasional, or casual consumption of media.

    Colin Morrison: Stand by for the (Gulp) Post-Murdoch Media Market

  • The company has said the purchases were part of its strategy to broaden its health-care business to lessen its dependance on endoscopes, which are used for internal medical exams.

    Olympus Targets Had Scant Histories

  • I might not agree with his other policies but congrats on helping getting rid of our dependance on foriegn oil and helping the environment!

    Graham hit again for cap-and-trade support

  • I have sometimes doubted, whether the laws peculiar to England which compel the rich to maintain the poor, have not given the latter, a dependance that very much lessens the care of providing against the wants of oldage.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Starve the Beast:

  • A political hack finally admitting that the democratic parties insistance on our continuing dependance on foriegn oil actually may have been a cause of the “economic downturn”

    Steven Chu Eases Up on the Gas Price Pedal - The Caucus Blog -


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