Free Dictionary

Free Dictionary

Home ×
Link Link Link Link

Search Result for "dependence": 
Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else;
[syn: dependence, 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, dependence, dependance, dependency, habituation]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dependence \De*pend"ence\, n. [LL. dependentia, fr. L. dependens. See Dependent, and cf. Dependance.] 1. The act or state of depending; state of being dependent; a hanging down or from; suspension from a support. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being influenced and determined by something; subjection (as of an effect to its cause). [1913 Webster] The cause of effects, and the dependence of one thing upon another. --Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster] 3. Mutual connection and support; concatenation; systematic inter-relation. [1913 Webster] So dark and so intricate of purpose, without any dependence or order. --Sir T. More. [1913 Webster] 4. Subjection to the direction or disposal of another; inability to help or provide for one's self; a lack of independence or self-sufficiency. Syn: dependance, dependency. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] Reduced to a servile dependence on their mercy. --Burke. [1913 Webster] 5. A resting with confidence; reliance; trust. [1913 Webster] Affectionate dependence on the Creator is the spiritual life of the soul. --T. Erskine. [1913 Webster] 6. That on which one depends or relies; as, he was her sole dependence. [1913 Webster] 7. That which depends; anything dependent or suspended; anything attached a subordinate to, or contingent on, something else. [1913 Webster] Like a large cluster of black grapes they show And make a large dependence from the bough. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 8. A matter depending, or in suspense, and still to be determined; ground of controversy or quarrel. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To go on now with my first dependence. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

dependence n 1: the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else [syn: dependence, 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, dependence, dependance, dependency, habituation]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

132 Moby Thesaurus words for "dependence": Maecenas, a habit, abettor, acceptation, acception, acquiescence, acquired tolerance, acute alcoholism, addictedness, addiction, admirer, advocate, aficionado, alcoholism, amphetamine withdrawal symptoms, angel, apologist, aspiration, assumption, assurance, assured faith, assuredness, backer, barbiturate addiction, barbiturism, belief, buff, certainty, chain smoking, champion, cheerful expectation, chronic alcoholism, clientage, clientship, cocainism, confidence, contingency, conviction, correlation, crash, craving, credence, credit, credulity, danglement, dangling, defender, dependency, desire, dipsomania, doomed hope, drug addiction, drug culture, drug dependence, encourager, endorser, expectation, exponent, fair prospect, faith, fan, favorer, fervent hope, friend at court, good cheer, good hope, great expectations, habituation, hanging, high hopes, hope, hopeful prognosis, hopefulness, hopes, hoping, hoping against hope, interrelation, lover, mainstay, maintainer, nicotine addiction, paranymph, partisan, patron, pendency, pendulosity, pendulousness, pensileness, pensility, physical dependence, prayerful hope, presumption, promise, promoter, prospect, prospects, protagonist, psychological dependence, reception, relativity, reliance, reliance on, sanguine expectation, second, seconder, sectary, security, sider, sponsor, stalwart, standby, stock, store, support, supporter, sureness, surety, suspense, suspension, suspension of disbelief, sustainer, sympathizer, tolerance, trust, tutelage, upholder, votary, wardship, well-grounded hope, well-wisher, withdrawal sickness, withdrawal symptoms