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

Similar word(s): dependance, dependence

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, dependence, habituation

Definition categories: state

3. a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country

Similar word(s): colony

Definition categories: location

Sentences with dependency as a noun:

- Frank's sullen dependency was driving his father nuts.

- In the United States' governmental structure, the military is conceived as a dependency under the executive branch.