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Definition of the noun dependency

What does dependency mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: dependencies

  1. the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of dependency: dependance / dependence
    • more generic word: state = the way something is with respect to its main attributes
    • more specific words:
  2. being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
  3. a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country

Alternative definition of the noun dependency


  1. A state of dependence; a refusal to exercise initiative.
  2. Something dependent on, or subordinate to, something else
  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. [computing] Reliance on the functionality provided by some other, external component.


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  1. Dependency: In a project network, a dependency is a link amongst a project's terminal elements.
  2. Dependency: In the Unified Modeling Language, a Dependency is a relationship that shows that an element, or set of elements, requires other model elements for their specification or implementation. The element is dependent upon the independent element, called the supplier. Two or more elements in this relationship are called tuples.
  3. Dependency: A dependency, among monastic orders, denotes the relation of a monastic community with a newer community which it has founded elsewhere. The relationship is that of the founding abbey or conventual priory, termed the motherhouse, with a monastery composed of the monks or nuns of the new community, which is called the daughter house. In that situation, the abbot or abbess remains the ultimate authority for the affairs of the dependent priory, which is considered an extension of the founding house. This relationship will end at such time as the new community becomes fully autonomous in its own right.

Phrases with Dependency

Phrases starting with the word Dependency:

  1. Dependency culture
  2. Dependency injection

Phrases ending with the word Dependency:

  1. Partial Dependency
  2. Chemical Dependency
  3. Functional dependency
  4. British Crown Dependency
  5. Trivial Functional Dependency

Other phrase containing the word Dependency:

  1. High Dependency Unit

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dependency

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Google previewConceptual Modeling - ER 2004 (2005)

23rd International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, Shanghai, China, November 8-12, 2004. Proceedings by Paolo Atzeni, Wesley Chu, Hongjun Lu, Shuigeng Zhou, Tok Wang Ling

Formally, a flow dependency is a pair 3A, BP, where A and B are Economic Events from different Dualities. Trust dependencies. A trust dependency is a relationship between two Economic Events within the same Duality, which expresses that ...

Google previewOn the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2011 Workshops (2011)

Confederated International Workshops and Posters, EI2N+NSF ICE, ICSP+INBAST, ISDE, ORM, OTMA, SWWS+MONET+SeDeS, and VADER 2011, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece, October 17-21, 2011, Proceedings by Robert Meersman, Tharam Dillon, Pilar Herrero

Semantic dependency refers to the semantic relation that exists between two nodes.

Google previewRescue Your Love Life (2009)

Changing the 8 Dumb Attitudes & Behaviors That Will Sink Your Marriage by Henry Cloud, John Townsend

Dependency is a state of needing the other person, so that you will become complete and secure. It is about you more than about the...

Google previewPublic Rights, Private Relations (2015)

by Jean Thomas

Dependency is the structural relation that converts vulnerability—a general...

Google previewFamily Violence (2015)

Legal, Medical, and Social Perspectives by Paul Harvey Wallace, Cliff Roberson

A variation on this theme of economic dependency is the presence of children.

Thus, marital dependency is a multifaceted concept that involves economic, emotional, and societal forces ...

Google previewKinn's The Medical Assistant (2014)

An Applied Learning Approach by Deborah B. Proctor, Alexandra Patricia Adams

Drug dependency is the inability to function unless under the influence of a substance, and it may be either psychological or physical. Psychological dependency is the compulsive craving for the effects of a substance. Habituation is a mild ...

Google previewSystems Engineering Principles and Practice (2011)

by Alexander Kossiakoff, William N. Sweet, Sam Seymour, Steven M. Biemer

Dependency is the third type of relationship and...

Google previewMillennium development goals (2009)

Chemical dependency means being physically and psychologically dependent on alcohol or other drugs.

Google previewThe Perverse Gaze of Sympathy (1999)

Sadomasochistic Sentiments from Clarissa to Rescue 911 by Laura Hinton

paradox between independence and dependence, then dependency is a displaced expression of self-control, social aggression, and domination. Dependency is that which generates the excessive, exaggerated response, subject to object.

Google previewSex Trafficking (2012)

A Clinical Guide for Nurses by Mary De Chesnay, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Physical dependency means that the body has become so used to the drug that physical withdrawal symptoms result if deprived of the drug. Psychological dependency means that one takes the drug to feel good, and then may feel that one ...

Google previewPsychosocial Aspects of Disability (2011)

by George Henderson, Willie V. Bryan

Dependency is a natural state.

Google previewIntegrated Models of Cognitive Systems (2007)

by Wayne D. Gray

A sequential dependency is an influence of one incidental experience on subsequent experience. Sequential dependencies arise in psychological experiments when individuals perform a task repeatedly or perform a series of tasks, and one ...

Google previewInherited Metabolic Epilepsies (2012)

by Phillip L. Pearl, MD

dependency is the prototype and recently identified as antiquitin deficiency involving lysine...

Google previewUnderstanding Chronic Illness (1985)

The Medical and Psychosocial Dimensions of Nine Diseases by Toba Schwaber Kerson, Lawrence A. Kerson

Alcohol dependency is the most prevalent abuse problem in the United States. Unlike the abuse of other substances, which can be confined to one age group or related to criminal activities, the abuse of alcohol is found all across American ...

Google previewAdvanced Techniques in Soil Microbiology (2007)

by Ajit Varma, Ralf Oelmüller

Mycorrhizal dependency is a plant property which refers to the degree of its responsiveness to mycorrhizal colonization. It can be measured by quantifying the...

Mycorrhizal dependency is the result of morphological ...

Google previewReadings in Artificial Intelligence and Databases (1989)

by John Mylopoulos, Michael L. Brodie

Application dependency is the sensitivity of a QL to the application domain: the degree to which the language has to...

Google previewApplied Bayesian Hierarchical Methods (2010)

by Peter D. Congdon

Such dependency means standard errors are downwardly biased if the nesting is ignored, and spurious inferences regarding predictor effects may be made (Hox, 2002). In multilevel analysis, predictors may be defined at any level and the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Political Theory (2010)

A - E by Mark Bevir

Dependency theory is a body of ideas about the role of developing countries within the global economic system, about the...

Dependency theory formed one part of the broad critique of liberal and Western ideas of economic development ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (2000)

Volume 42 - Supplement 27 by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

Collinearity, or linear dependency among the corresponding outputs of the component networks, may have computational and statistical ill effects on the estimation of the combination weights and, thus, can undermine the generalization ability ...

Google previewNational Health Data Dictionary 2012 version 16

Dependency in activities of daily living—bowel continence ............................................... 641 Dependency in activities of daily living—day-time technical nursing care requirement .

Google previewA Dictionary of Grammatical Terms in Linguistics (2013)

by R.L. Trask

dependency tree dependency /dr'pendonsi/ n. 1. Any relation between two elements or positions in a sentence by which the presence, absence or form of an element in one position is correlated with the presence, absence or form of ...

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Dependency Meaning

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Quotes about Dependency

Dependency is death to initiative, to risk-taking and opportunity. It's time to stop the spread of government dependency and fight it like the poison it is. (Mitt Romney)
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Scrabble value of D2E1P3E1N1D2E1N1C3Y4

The value of this 10-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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