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
Recent Examples on the Web Being empathetic toward student experiences will be critical to reducing reliance on suspensions and expulsions. Sandra M. Chafouleas, The Conversation, "Bringing ‘behavioral vaccines’ to school: 5 ways educators can support student well-being," 8 Apr. 2021 Similarly, Li’s focus is on vehicles that have a small gasoline engine that can generate additional electric power for the battery, reducing reliance on EV-charging infrastructure. Trefis Team, Forbes, "Do Strong March Deliveries, Recent Correction Make Nio, Li Auto & Xpeng Stocks A Buy?," 6 Apr. 2021 Given the reliance on global communication by nearly every economy on the planet, how technology is built impacts people everywhere in different ways. Will Cathcart, Wired, "Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened," 5 Apr. 2021 As cars have continually modernized, the reliance on semiconductors also has increased. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford Super Duty, Expedition production cut because of chip shortage," 22 Mar. 2021 The reliance on a flu model caused public-health authorities to underestimate and overestimate Covid in important ways. Scott Gottlieb, WSJ, "Where’s the Science Behind CDC’s 6-Foot Social-Distance Decree?," 21 Mar. 2021 One of the curses of historical documentary is the inevitable reliance on archival film clips, which usually conjure the past with an unfortunate vagueness. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Wojnarowicz,” Reviewed: A Discerning and Tragic Vision of the Artist and His Times," 19 Mar. 2021 And as cars have continually modernized, the reliance on semiconductors also has increased. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Ford F-150 hit hard by chip shortage, decides to build vehicles 'without certain parts'," 18 Mar. 2021 The results of the Ohio analysis coincide with other reports from around the country, Chevrier said, and reinforce the importance of bail reform policies that decrease the reliance on monetary bonds. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Longer jail stays pretrial result in greater chance of conviction, Ohio ACLU concludes," 16 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Reliance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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.


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

Legal Definition of reliance

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

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