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English definition of “dependence”

dependence

noun [U]
 
 
/dɪˈpendəns/ (also dependency,
 
/dɪˈpendəntsi/
 
)
a situation in which you need someone or something all the time in order to exist or continue as before: Our society needs to reduce its dependence on the car.AddictionDrug addictionEssential or necessary
(Definition of dependence from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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