Definition of dependency in US English:


nounPlural dependencies

  • 1A dependent or subordinate thing, especially a country or province controlled by another.

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

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