dependance vs dependency what difference

what is difference between dependance and dependency



dependance (countable and uncountable, plural dependances)

  1. (archaic) dependence
    • 1651, Thomas Hobbes, Leviathon, Chapter 5
      Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependance of one fact upon another…
    • 1672, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, 6th edition, book 3, chapter 12:
      More veniable is a dependance upon the Philosophers stone, potable gold, or any of those Arcana’s whereby Paracelsus that died himself at forty seven, gloried that he could make other men immortal.
  2. Misspelling of dependence.


Alternative forms

  • dépendance


French. Doublet of dipendenza.


dependance f (invariable)

  1. outbuilding



dependent +‎ -cy


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈpɛndənsi/


dependency (countable and uncountable, plural dependencies)

  1. A state of dependence; a refusal to exercise initiative.
  2. Something dependent on, or subordinate to, something else:
  3. A colony, or a territory subject to rule by an external power.
    Synonyms: colony, protectorate, province, dominion
  4. A dependence on a habit-forming substance such as a drug or alcohol.
    Synonym: addiction
  5. (computing) Reliance on the functionality provided by some other, external component.
  6. (computing) An external component whose functionality is relied on.

Derived terms

  • Ross Dependency

Related terms

  • dependee, depender
  • dependence


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