de·pen·dence /dɪˈpɛndən(t)s/ 名詞
1. The act or state of depending; state of being dependent; a hanging down or from; suspension from a support.
2. The state of being influenced and determined by something; subjection (as of an effect to its cause).
The cause of effects, and the dependence of one thing upon another. --Bp. Burnet.
3. Mutual connection and support; concatenation; systematic inter-relation.
So dark and so intricate of purpose, without any dependence or order. --Sir T. More.
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.
Reduced to a servile dependence on their mercy. --Burke.
5. A resting with confidence; reliance; trust.
Affectionate dependence on the Creator is the spiritual life of the soul. --T. Erskine.
6. That on which one depends or relies; as, he was her sole dependence.
7. That which depends; anything dependent or suspended; anything attached a subordinate to, or contingent on, something else.
Like a large cluster of black grapes they show
And make a large dependence from the bough. --Dryden.
8. A matter depending, or in suspense, and still to be determined; ground of controversy or quarrel. [Obs.]
To go on now with my first dependence. --Beau. & Fl.
n 1: lack of independence or self-sufficiency [syn: dependance,
2: being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that
is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially
alcohol or narcotic drugs) [syn: addiction, dependency,