De*pend"ence (?), n. [LL. dependentia, fr. L. dependens. See Dependent, and cf. Dependance.]
The act or state of depending; state of being dependent; a hanging down or from; suspension from a support.
The state of being influenced and determined by something; subjection (as of an effect to its cause).
The cause of effects, and the dependence of one thing upon another.
Mutual connection and support; concatenation; systematic inter-relation.
So dark and so intricate of purpose, without any dependence or order.
Sir T. More.
Subjection to the direction or disposal of another; inability to help or provide for one's self.
Reduced to a servile dependence on their mercy.
A resting with confidence; reliance; trust.
Affectionate dependence on the Creator is the spiritual life of the soul.
That on which one depends or relies; as, he was her sole dependence.
That which depends; anything dependent or suspended; anything attached a subordinate to, or contingent on, something else.
Like a large cluster of black grapes they show
And make a large dependence from the bough.
A matter depending, or in suspense, and still to be determined; ground of controversy or quarrel.
To go on now with my first dependence.
Beau. & Fl.
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