reliance

noun

re·​li·​ance ri-ˈlī-ən(t)s How to pronounce reliance (audio)
1
: the act of relying : the state of being reliant
2
: something or someone relied on

Examples of reliance in a Sentence

he's been the family's foremost reliance in times of trouble many times a baby's reliance on her parents
Recent Examples on the Web The war in Ukraine and the widespread and growing reliance on nuclear weapons increase the risk of nuclear escalation. William Hartung, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Watching the actors actually interact with the world around them — especially in a show that’s literally about harmony with nature — just serves to make the over reliance on the Volume that much more blatant. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 22 Feb. 2024 The reliance on reservists also means that know-how can move from the civilian world into the military more easily than in other countries. Shashank Joshi, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 America’s reliance on foreign sources of chips became an issue in the early part of the pandemic, when automakers and other manufacturers had to delay or shutter production amid a dearth of critical chips. Don Clark, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2024 Prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Charlotte Observer, 14 Feb. 2024 Deposits of rare earth minerals, needed to produce batteries capable of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, are being discovered in quantities sufficient to end our reliance on China. Kent Lassman, National Review, 13 Feb. 2024 But in general, political humor is moving on from its reliance on a white male Everyman. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 13 Feb. 2024 Scissors suggested that the drop in U.S. reliance on Chinese goods partly reflects a wariness of Beijing’s economic policies under President Xi Jinping. Paul Wiseman, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reliance was in 1606

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Cite this Entry

“Reliance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reliance. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

reliance

noun
re·​li·​ance ri-ˈlī-ən(t)s How to pronounce reliance (audio)
1
: the act of relying
2
: the condition or attitude of one who relies : dependence
3
: something or someone relied on

Legal Definition

reliance

noun
re·​li·​ance ri-ˈlī-əns How to pronounce reliance (audio)
1
: the act of relying
reliance on a promise
2
: reliance interest at interest 1

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