Definition of dependency in English:



  • 1A country or province controlled by another.

    ‘the islands became dependencies of Norway and Denmark’
    • ‘The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are not part of the United Kingdom but direct crown dependencies.’
    • ‘Empires generally expect neighboring states and dependencies to accept their power and accommodate to it.’
    • ‘St. Helena is a British dependency, but also has two dependencies of its own.’
    • ‘Most of Spain's European dependencies, in Italy and the Netherlands, went to the Austrians; and the Dutch kept their barrier fortresses.’
    • ‘The UK also has it's share of legitimate micro legislatures, although they are dependencies such as the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.’
    • ‘More broadly, there are many fewer dependencies, and more independent countries, than before.’
    • ‘The Chinese Government further weakened an already weak position by the ambiguous attitude which it took to its dependencies and tributaries.’
    • ‘At one time sovereign states could control foreign populated territory as colonial dependencies.’
    • ‘A list of them would contain most of the colonies, lately dependencies, of Spain in South America.’
    • ‘The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are British Crown dependencies but are not an integral part of the United Kingdom.’
    • ‘The different circumstances and traditions of the various colonies and dependencies meant that they were developing at different paces and had little in common.’
    colony, protectorate, province, dominion, outpost, satellite, satellite state
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  • 2mass noun Dependence.

    ‘the country's dependency on the oil industry’
    • ‘On the downside, this dependency on biography and history means that sometimes the tales do not stand in their own right.’
    • ‘For some time the empire's dependency on internal resources did not matter much.’
    • ‘I have to say that I am not impressed by this level of dependency on parents by their grown-up children.’
    • ‘Plato hypothesized that dependency on writing as an external memory store would be detrimental to memory.’
    • ‘Importing more rice may be the instant solution, but increasing dependency on imported rice is not good.’
    • ‘Ultimately, we need to accept ourselves and our experiences in life in order to avoid any dependency on drugs.’
    • ‘To discourage dependency on the food bank, the re-registration form is more detailed.’
    • ‘The bubble could burst if the residents of the high-risk area are being kept in a system of dependency on the ruling party.’
    • ‘A player's dependency on meeting the right manager at the right time begins at an early age.’
    • ‘It fosters a sense of ownership of their services and reduced dependency on others.’
    • ‘We wonder why governments are so reluctant to reduce harmful emissions caused by our dependency on fossil fuels.’
    • ‘To teach them to embrace dependency on the government is to embrace learned helplessness.’
    • ‘My idea of good teaching is to try to break the students' dependency on the teacher.’
    • ‘There is evidence of bonding between mother and calf; dependency on mother may last up to two years.’
    • ‘But does this dependency on the fans change the band/audience dynamic in an entirely positive way?’
    • ‘He said that in all of the parishes there was a high proportion of dependency on small scale farm business.’
    • ‘That may sound simple, but the cycle of dependency on federal aid is very deeply imbedded.’
    • ‘The pollen count in the Midlands has very little dependency on the direction the winds are coming from.’
    • ‘Then there is the sinking stock market and the move from guaranteed retirement pay to dependency on the ups and downs of financial casinos.’
    • ‘Recycling and waste reduction are critically important as we try to cut our dependency on landfill sites.’
    dependence, reliance
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