Dependency De*pend"en*cy, n.; pl. {Dependencies}. 1. State of being dependent; dependence; state of being subordinate; subordination; concatenation; connection; reliance; trust. [1913 Webster]

Any long series of action, the parts of which have very much dependency each on the other. --Sir J. Reynolds. [1913 Webster]

So that they may acknowledge their dependency on the crown of England. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. A thing hanging down; a dependence. [1913 Webster]

3. That which is attached to something else as its consequence, subordinate, satellite, and the like. [1913 Webster]

This earth and its dependencies. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

Modes I call such complex ideas which . . . are considered as dependencies on or affections of substances. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

4. A territory remote from the kingdom or state to which it belongs, but subject to its dominion; a colony; as, Great Britain has its dependencies in Asia, Africa, and America. [1913 Webster]

Note: Dependence is more used in the abstract, and dependency in the concrete. The latter is usually restricted in meaning to 3 and 4. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.