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Most often used is "independence" as far as I know, however what is the difference?

I only found a question about "dependence vs. dependency" where is said that "dependence" describes the quality (also abstract) and "dependency" describes the state. Is this the same for the opposites? It was mentioned in the original question, but not answered.

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[Independence: the fact or state of being independent.] [Independency: (rare) an indipendent state (archaic term for indipendence).] Reference: Oxford Dictionary of English –  user21032 May 26 '12 at 20:16

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Personally I would almost always use independence where many historical writers might have used independency. One is example is the "American Declaration of Independency" reported in The Gentleman's Magazine in London in August 1776.

The example where I might use Independency is as a form of church government compared with Episcopacy and Presbyterianism, but even then I might use Congregationalism instead.

I don't think I have such problems with using dependency or interdependency.

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I suppose that in one way, independency can be used wherever dependency can be used to serve as its antonym. For example:

He suffers from serious alcohol dependency.

He enjoys complete alcohol independency.

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"He enjoys complete alcohol independency." is poor English, and would probably not even be understood. It would more likely be interpreted as saying that he is a teetotaler. –  Mechanical snail May 27 '12 at 23:01

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