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

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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

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The probe comes at a time when both New York City’s homeless population and the costs of housing the homeless have increased, resulting in more reliance on ad-hoc solutions like hotels. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Prosecutors Probe Hoteliers Paid by New York City to House Homeless," 18 Jan. 2019 That meant setting aside what many on the left perceive as an outsize reliance on data and creating a grassroots campaign that clearly connected public policy with a community's more intimate struggles. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "Democratic Socialist women score big wins in Pennsylvania," 16 May 2018 Whether that’s a testament to Woods’s star power or an indictment of golf’s desperate reliance on him to drive interest is a legitimate qualm the powers that be at Tour headquarters must consider. Daniel Rapaport,, "Webb Simpson Won the Players Championship, but Tiger Stole the Show at TPC Sawgrass," 13 May 2018 Decades of living peacefully together – built on a sense of home and sanctuary, amid a tradition here of mutual reliance and neighborly care – was disintegrating before his eyes. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Baghdad, a sense of home resurfaces a decade after ethnic cleansing," 2 May 2018 In reliance on the statutory policy to encourage statewide competition, Trulieve sought to add dispensary locations around the state, which benefits patients and the public. Jim Turner,, "Medical marijuana provider challenges dispensary limits," 4 Apr. 2018 Starting at the very lowest level, often behind the customer meter, each level will have a smart controller maximizing its efficiency and self-reliance. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 Self-reliance was something she’d never felt before coming to the Bay Area. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lesbian archive preserves a time when the Bay Area changed radically," 26 May 2018 These are details of virtuous, go-getters, self-reliance and outdoorsy wherewithal. Maggie Lange, Bon Appetit, "All of the Quirky Food Facts We Learned About Team USA's Winter Olympians," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of reliance

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of reliance

: the state of needing someone or something for help, support, etc.


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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