- The state of being dependent.
- In psychiatry, seen as an issue for a patient who has made a decision that others are responsible for that patient's personal well-being; such turning over of power and responsibility can often lead to frustration, anxiety, anger, and depression, when the so-designated others fail to care for the person in the manner desired.
See Also: dependent personality disorder
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