Dependency happens when you can't function without the help of someone or something. If you have a dependency on coffee, you need it to be human in the morning. Not sure? Ask the people you live with.
A dependency on the help or support of another person isn't necessarily negative, but other kinds of dependency — on something habit-forming or addictive, like cigarettes — can be harmful. You can also use this noun to mean "a country, province, or territory controlled by a bigger, more powerful country." Guam and Puerto Rico, which don't have complete independence from the US, can be called dependencies.
n the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else
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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
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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)
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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
an addiction to cocaine
an addiction to heroin
an addiction to caffein
an addiction to nicotine
n a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country
a British colony in the Caribbean to the northwest of Jamaica; an international banking center
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
a British colony controlled by the British Crown, represented by a governor