reliance

noun
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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Nissan along with other Japanese car makers has been hurt by its reliance on small cars and sedans, as more customers flock to larger sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks. Chester Dawson, WSJ, "Nissan Canceled Electric-Car Debut Amid Turmoil," 30 Nov. 2018 And for security hawks who want to stream local music files, Sonos recently lessened its reliance Microsoft’s insecure and outdated SMBv1 file sharing protocol. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 The emerging tech strategy, according to four officials involved in Trump’s reelection campaign, will reduce its reliance on Big Tech platforms — which were the dominant messaging channels in 2016 — to get the president’s message out. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How China complicates Apple’s chest-thumping about privacy," 25 Oct. 2018 But May’s room for compromise is restricted by divisions within her Conservative Party, and by her reliance on Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which opposes any compromise on the border. Raf Casert, The Seattle Times, "EU official urges Britain’s May to get creative on Brexit," 16 Oct. 2018 While Democratic House candidates are outraising their GOP competitors in many cases, Republicans are expected to win the larger spending battle largely because of their reliance on Super PACs that can raise unlimited sums of money. Steve Peoples, Fox News, "Overconfident? Dem optimism surges as midterms approach," 22 Sep. 2018 Germany plans to retire nuclear plants by 2022 and intends to reduce its reliance on coal. Calvin Woodward And Hope Yen, chicagotribune.com, "Trump is in Europe and the truth is not with him: A fact check," 14 July 2018 Pure Water San Diego and other local supply projects represent the next step in the region’s efforts to shed its reliance on the Met. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's efforts to divest from rival L.A. water agency have driven up rates for residents. Is it worth it?," 1 July 2018 The oddball could be the result of either a genetic mutation or its reliance on a low-pigment food source. Robinson Russell, National Geographic, "Why This Rare Lobster Is Colored Like Blue Cotton Candy," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of reliance

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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reliance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reliance

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

reliance

noun
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.

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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