Definition of dependency noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈpendənsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpendənsi//
    (pl. dependencies)
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  1. 1[uncountable] dependency (on/upon somebody/something) the state of relying on somebody/something for something, especially when this is not normal or necessary financial dependency Their aim is to reduce people's dependency on the welfare state. the dependency culture (= a way of life in which people depend too much on money from the government) compare codependency
  2. 2[countable] a country, an area, etc. that is controlled by another country The Orkney Islands were formerly dependencies of Norway and Denmark.
  3. 3= dependence (2)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dependency

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