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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 noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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