de·pen·den·cy /-dənsɪ/ 名詞
De·pend·en·cy n.; pl. Dependencies
1. State of being dependent; dependence; state of being subordinate; subordination; concatenation; connection; reliance; trust.
Any long series of action, the parts of which have very much dependency each on the other. --Sir J. Reynolds.
So that they may acknowledge their dependency on the crown of England. --Bacon.
2. A thing hanging down; a dependence.
3. That which is attached to something else as its consequence, subordinate, satellite, and the like.
This earth and its dependencies. --T. Burnet.
Modes I call such complex ideas which . . . are considered as dependencies on or affections of substances. --Locke.
4. A territory remote from the kingdom or state to which it belongs, but subject to its dominion; a colony; as, Great Britain has its dependencies in Asia, Africa, and America.
Note: ☞ Dependence is more used in the abstract, and dependency in the concrete. The latter is usually restricted in meaning to 3 and 4.
n 1: lack of independence or self-sufficiency [syn: dependence,
2: being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that
is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially
alcohol or narcotic drugs) [syn: addiction, dependence,
3: a geographical area politically controlled by a distant
country [syn: colony]