AskDefine | Define dependency

Dictionary Definition



1 lack of independence or self-sufficiency [syn: dependence, dependance]
2 being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs) [syn: addiction, dependence, habituation]
3 a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country [syn: colony]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A state of dependence; a refusal to exercise initiative:
    Frank's sullen dependency was driving his father nuts.
  2. Something dependent on, or subordinate to, something else:
    In the United States' governmental structure, the military is conceived as a dependency under the executive branch.
  3. A colony, or a territory subject to rule by an external power.
  4. A dependence on a habit-forming substance such as a drug or alcohol; addiction.
  5. In object-oriented programming, the use by one object of the functionality of another.


something dependent or subordinate to something else
  • Dutch: iets afhankelijks
  • Finnish: riippuvuus
a colony or similar territory subject to rule by an external power
  • Dutch: kolonie, schutgebied
  • Finnish: alusmaa
  • Dutch: afhankelijkheid
  • Finnish: riippuvuus
computing: use of functionality
  • Dutch: afhankelijkheid

Extensive Definition

Dependency or dependent may refer to:*Chemical dependency, a need for a substance so strong that it becomes necessary to have this substance to function properly
dependency in German: Abhängigkeit
dependency in Esperanto: Dependeco
dependency in French: Dépendance
dependency in Dutch: Afhankelijkheid
dependency in Russian: Зависимость
dependency in Simple English: Dependency
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