[ UK /dɪpˈɛndənsi/ ]
[ US /dɪˈpɛndənsi/ ]
  1. the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else
  2. being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
  3. a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country
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How To Use dependency In A Sentence

  • The speech was brimming with ideas for rewarding work and reducing dependency. Times, Sunday Times
  • The welfare state was not set up to support vast families or single mothers in inter-generational welfare dependency. We deserve a fair society, but it won't be created by a vendetta against the poor
  • Committed by parents, teachers, priests or minders it undermines trust and dependency, disrupts relations with authority figures and can interfere with loving and learning.
  • Although alcoholism remains the number one dependency problem among judges and lawyers, the face of addiction continues to change.
  • The plan laid out in 1996 to change welfare to workfare recognized and provided for the critical role child care would play in transitioning from government dependency to personal responsibility.
  • The ranks of nonconformity thrived in an expanding economy of independency where the artisan might still feel closer to the petty capitalist than to the unskilled labourer.
  • We have grasped, perhaps more than any other nation, that there is a long-run cost to dependency on the state, including an aversion to risk that eventually enervates the entrepreneurial spirit necessary for innovation and prosperity. Beware of the Big-Government Tipping Point
  • Scores of self-help books have been written from a conservative standpoint on how to have a happy marriage, make more money, or overcome codependency.
  • On the downside, this dependency on biography and history means that sometimes the tales do not stand in their own right.
  • Frequently the behaviors associated with dependency are also associated with poor self-esteem.
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