Pronunciation: (di-pen'dun-sē), [key]
1. the state of being dependent; dependence.
2. something dependent or subordinate; appurtenance.
3. an outbuilding or annex.
4. a subject territory that is not an integral part of the ruling country. Also,de•pend'an•cy.
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