reliance

noun re·li·ance \ ri-ˈlī-ən(t)s \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

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

  1. he's been the family's foremost reliance in times of trouble many times

  2. a baby's reliance on her parents

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First Known Use of reliance

1606

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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RELIANCE Defined for English Language Learners

reliance

Definition of reliance for English Language Learners

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


RELIANCE Defined for Kids

reliance

noun re·li·ance \ ri-ˈlī-əns \

Definition of reliance for Students

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

Law Dictionary

reliance

noun re·li·ance \ ri-ˈlī-əns \

legal Definition of reliance

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


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