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 upgraded rating also took into account the district’s contingent liability risk that is associated with reliance on Illinois contributions to the state’s retirement system, officials said. Steve Schering,, "Moody’s upgrades River Forest District 90 bond rating to AAA," 9 Sep. 2019 This latest issue has highlighted L Brands’ deep reliance on Mr. Wexner, its founder and chairman and the longest-serving chief executive in the S&P 500. Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times, "Victoria’s Secret Had Troubles, Even Before Jeffrey Epstein," 6 Sep. 2019 Other structural recommendations include an increasing of American reliance on renewable energy, energy storage, and microgrids. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Heat Waves Work (and Why They're Getting Worse)," 30 Aug. 2019 The law, which was passed in 2015, bans discrimination based on a person’s source of income or reliance on public assistance. Leila Atassi,, "South Euclid’s anti-discrimination ordinance is violated by landlords with impunity," 28 Aug. 2019 The fuel-economy standards have multiple purposes in U.S. policy: Saving consumers money Reducing U.S. reliance on foreign oil Reducing air pollution. Randy Essex, Detroit Free Press, "Why Trump is using Henry Ford, gas mileage to call out automakers on Twitter," 22 Aug. 2019 Interestingly, low-light mode on Duo is simulated in the app based on the lighting conditions; Google doesn’t mention any reliance on the capabilities, or lack thereof, of your phone’s camera. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Google Duo’s new low-light mode will make nighttime chats easier," 19 Aug. 2019 As this population grows, so does everyone’s reliance on the web. Jason Mckee, WIRED, "Domino's and the Web are Failing the Disabled," 16 Aug. 2019 Increasing reliance on private military and security contractors in U.S. war zones also reduce the number of volunteers needed to fight wars overseas. Rebecca U. Thorpe, The Conversation, "One budget line Congress can agree on: Spending billions on the US military," 14 Aug. 2019

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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.


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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