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Noun: dependence  di'pen-dun(t)s
  1. The state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else
    - dependance, dependency
     
  2. Being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
    - addiction, dependance, dependency, habituation

Sounds like: dependant, dependente, dependants, dependent

Derived forms: dependences

Type of: physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state, state

Encyclopedia: Dependence