dependency

dependency
A territory distinct from the country in which the supreme sovereign power resides, but belonging rightfully to it, and subject to the laws and regulations which the sovereign may think proper to prescribe. Posadas v. National City Bank of N. Y., Phil. Islands, 296 U.S. 497, 56 S.Ct. 349, 350, 80 L.Ed. 351.
It differs from a colony, because it is not settled by the citizens of the sovereign or mother state; and from possession, because it is held by other title than that of mere conquest. Dependencies of the United States include Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam and other Pacific islands.
See 48 U.S.C.A. No. 731 et seq.
A relation between two persons, where one is sustained by another or looks to or relies on aid of another for support or for reasonable necessaries consistent with dependent's position in life.
- partial dependency

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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