What does the word dependence mean?

Usage examples for dependence

  1. Yes, wife, I do depend on it; yes indeed, I place every dependence on my chimney. – I and My Chimney by Herman Melville
  2. Every endeavour is put forth to train them out of that spirit of dependence which is one of the necessary evils incident to modern missions. – India’s Problem Krishna or Christ by John P. Jones
  3. I am amazed to find how much of true religion may be resolved into that one word " dependence." – Memoranda Sacra by J. Rendel Harris