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Meaning & Definition of Dependence in English

English

Dependence

/dɪpɛndəns/

noun

1. The state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else

    synonym:
  • dependence
  • ,
  • dependance
  • ,
  • dependency

2. Being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)

    synonym:
  • addiction
  • ,
  • dependence
  • ,
  • dependance
  • ,
  • dependency
  • ,
  • habituation

Examples of using

Shy people can develop drug dependence as a defense.