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English definition of “dependence”

dependence

noun [S or U] (US also dependance)     /dɪˈpen.dəns/ (also dependency)
C2 the situation in which you need something or someone all the time, especially in order to continue existing or operating: The company needs to reduce its dependence on just one particular product. Drug dependence led to her early death. She has developed a deep dependence on him (= she needs him emotionally).AddictionDrug addictionEssential or necessary
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