De*pend"en*cy (?), n.; pl. Dependencies ().
State of being dependent; dependence; state of being subordinate; subordination; concatenation; connection; reliance; trust.
Any long series of action, the parts of which have very much dependency each on the other.
Sir J. Reynolds.
<-- #sic. "action" is the singular. Why? -->
So that they may acknowledge their dependency on the crown of England.
A thing hanging down; a dependence.
That which is attached to something else as its consequence, subordinate, satellite, and the like.
This earth and its dependencies.
Modes I call such complex ideas which . . . are considered as dependencies on or affections of substances.
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.
⇒ Dependence is more used in the abstract, and dependency in the concrete. The latter is usually restricted in meaning to 3 and 4.
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