Dependence is a state where someone is heavily reliant on someone or something else. This could mean the dependence of children on parents or an addict on a drug.

Since to depend on someone is to need them, dependence is a state or condition of strong need. There are many kinds of dependence: a dog is in a state of dependence with his master. This word is also often used for drug and alcohol dependence, which is known as addiction. Dependence a strong word for extreme needs: liking something, like chocolate, isn't really dependence. The opposite of dependence is independence: being self-reliant and not needing others.

Definitions of dependence

n the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else

dependance, dependency
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the state of needing help from something
the state of relying on something
the state of being subordinate to something
the state of being contingent on something
Type of:
the way something is with respect to its main attributes

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

addiction, dependance, dependency, habituation
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drug addiction, white plague
an addiction to a drug (especially a narcotic drug)
alcohol addiction, alcoholism, drunkenness, inebriation
habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms
cocaine addiction
an addiction to cocaine
heroin addiction
an addiction to heroin
caffein addiction
an addiction to caffein
nicotine addiction
an addiction to nicotine
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physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state
the condition or state of the body or bodily functions

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