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

Similar word(s): dependance, dependency

Definition categories: state

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

Similar word(s): addiction, dependance, dependency, habituation

Definition categories: state

Sentences with dependence as a noun:

- He had a deep dependence on her for guidance.

- Her dependence on cocaine led to her ruin.