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DEPENDENCY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dependency mean? 

DEPENDENCY (noun)
  The noun DEPENDENCY has 3 senses:

1. lack of independence or self-sufficiency
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

  Familiarity information: DEPENDENCY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEPENDENCY (noun)


Sense 1dependency [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lack of independence or self-sufficiency

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

dependence; dependency; dependance

Hypernyms ("dependency" is a kind of...):

state (the way something is with respect to its main attributes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dependency"):

helplessness (the state of needing help from something)

reliance (the state of relying on something)

subordination (the state of being subordinate to something)

contingency (the state of being contingent on something)


Sense 2dependency [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

dependance; addiction; habituation; dependence; dependency

Hypernyms ("dependency" is a kind of...):

physiological condition; physiological state (the state of the body or bodily functions)

Domain category:

narcotic (a drug that produces numbness or stupor; often taken for pleasure or to reduce pain; extensive use can lead to addiction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dependency"):

drug addiction; white plague (an addiction to a drug (especially a narcotic drug))


Sense 3dependency [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A geographical area politically controlled by a distant country

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

dependency; colony

Hypernyms ("dependency" is a kind of...):

geographic area; geographic region; geographical area; geographical region (a demarcated area of the Earth)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dependency"):

Crown Colony (a British colony controlled by the British Crown, represented by a governor)

Instance hyponyms:

New Netherland (a Dutch colony in North America along the Hudson and lower Delaware rivers although the colony centered in New Amsterdam; annexed by the English in 1664)


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