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noun [uncountable]     dependence pronunciation in British English

or dependency     dependency pronunciation in British English

  1. 1
    a situation in which you need someone or something in order to live or succeed
    dependence on:

    our dependence on our parents

    the industry’s dependence on coal

  2. 2
    the fact that someone is addicted to a drug or to alcohol

    the problems that alcohol dependence creates within the family unit

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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