“路径” means “path,” and “依赖” means “dependence.” Path dependence explains how the set of decisions one faces for any given circumstance is limited by the decisions one has made in the past or by the events that one has experienced, even though past circumstances may no longer be relevant.
Xǐfàshuǐ méiyǒu le。
We’ve run out of shampoo.
Wǒ xiànzài shàngwǎng mǎi，míngtiān zǎoshàng jiù néng sòngdào。
I’m placing an order online now and they will deliver it tomorrow morning.
Lóuxià chāoshì lǐ jiù yǒu a，zǒu liǎngbù jiù dào le，nǐ zhè lùjìng yīlài tài yánzhòng le。
You can buy it in the supermarket downstairs, just a few minutes’ walk away. You’re totally dependent on the path of online shopping.