re·li·ance | \ri-ˈlī-ən(t)s \

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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But the organization has endured internal tensions and conflict throughout its history, and Trump isn’t the only modern president to raise questions about the reliance of European nations on U.S. defense spending. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "What is NATO and why is Donald Trump slamming it?," 12 July 2018 In addition, heavy reliance on variable monsoon rains makes yields unusually volatile. The Economist, "India’s government claims to subsidise farmers, but actually hurts them," 12 July 2018 Netflix’s reliance on documentaries to beef up its library of original content may have helped spur the genre to new relevance. David Sims, The Atlantic, "What’s Driving Documentaries to Box-Office Success?," 11 July 2018 The 2028 bid, like the 1984 bid, views the traditional reliance on public infrastructure and funding as a negative, according to Abbey. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Will LA’s ‘no-build’ Olympics spur Southern California’s next building boom?," 10 July 2018 This fluctuation is directly tied to California's reliance on personal income tax paid by high-income earners. sacbee, "Tax haircuts and concerts – or the rich? Californians consider the options," 9 July 2018 However, the franchise’s reliance on certain visual effects techniques took away one of McKellen’s favorite things about acting—the interplay and in-the-moment relationships between actors. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "In new documentary, Ian McKellen reflects on Magneto, Gandalf," 8 July 2018 Was the movie’s reliance on practical effects solely for budgetary reasons? Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Why the hardest special effect on A Quiet Place was corn," 8 July 2018 As more players get involved in space and civilian reliance on assets in orbit grow, there will be more of a need for safeguards and situational awareness. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "5 Space Forces From Sci-Fi and What We Can Learn From Them," 6 July 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 \

Kids Definition of reliance

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


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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evasion of direct action or statement

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