re·​li·​ance | \ ri-ˈlī-ən(t)s How to pronounce reliance (audio) \

Definition of reliance

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 Landlocked Slovakia also wants to be exempted due to its huge reliance on Russian oil and has asked for a longer transition period. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 7 May 2022 Many IoT environments are failing to properly protect their users, given their over-reliance on cloud infrastructures and internet connectivity. Mark Lippett, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Central to HalloApp’s appeal is its lack of reliance on advertising, its founders say. Deepa Seetharaman, WSJ, 4 May 2022 The two countries that have been resisting the move due to their reliance on Russian oil, namely Hungary and Slovakia, would get an extra year to comply. David Meyer, Fortune, 4 May 2022 Coal supplies at many thermal power plants are running low, sparking criticism of India's reliance on coal, which produces 70% of the country's electricity. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 This is especially important as the continent tries to free itself of its heavy reliance on importing second-hand clothing, as its own textile industries with deep cultural significance are left in disarray. Meron Demisse, Quartz, 21 Apr. 2022 Reports of battery swelling have become more common as our reliance on rechargeable gadgets deepens, and the results can be alarming to say the least. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 The higher fuel prices could also hit California harder than other parts of the country, Doti said, because of the state’s reliance on tourism. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reliance

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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“Reliance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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re·​li·​ance | \ ri-ˈlī-əns How to pronounce reliance (audio) \

Kids Definition of reliance

: the act or state of depending on someone or something The nation's reliance on petroleum is growing.


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Legal Definition of reliance

1 : the act of relying reliance on a promise
2 : reliance interest at interest 1

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