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dependency ‎(plural dependencies)

  1. A state of dependence; a refusal to exercise initiative.
    Frank's sullen dependency was driving his father nuts.
  2. Something dependent on, or subordinate to, something else:
    In the United States' governmental structure, the military is conceived as a dependency under the executive branch.
  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.
    This library has a lot of dependencies. We have to compile all of those other libraries first.

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