Dependency vs. Dependancy

By Jaxson

  • Dependency (noun)

    A state of dependence; a refusal to exercise initiative.

    “Frank’s sullen dependency was driving his father nuts.”

  • Dependency (noun)

    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.”

  • Dependency (noun)

    A colony, or a territory subject to rule by an external power.

  • Dependency (noun)

    A dependence on a habit-forming substance such as a drug or alcohol; addiction.

  • Dependency (noun)

    Reliance on the functionality provided by some other, external component.

    “This library has dependencies on a lot of other libraries. We have to compile all of those other libraries first.”

  • Dependency (noun)

    An external component whose functionality is relied on.

    “One of this library’s dependencies is very finicky. It can be hard to get it to compile on some systems.”

  • Dependancy (noun)

    archaic form of dependency

  • Dependency (noun)

    a country or province controlled by another

    “the islands became dependencies of Norway and Denmark”

  • Dependency (noun)


    “the country’s dependency on the oil industry”

Oxford Dictionary

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