re·​li·​ant | \ ri-ˈlī-ənt How to pronounce reliant (audio) \

Definition of reliant

: having reliance on something or someone : dependent

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Other Words from reliant

reliantly adverb

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The uncertainty the trade war creates also hampers businesses, particularly those reliant on the global supply chain. Mark Zandi,, "In today's global economy, nobody wins a trade war | Opinion," 22 June 2018 Some lawmakers heard from constituents back home–especially in states reliant on federal contractors. Nash Jenkins, Time, "Democrats Face Backlash From Base After Caving on Immigration," 25 Jan. 2018 In the end, this is an arthouse survival movie, very quiet, not reliant on flash and effects so much as its lead’s incredible will to endure. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Arctic is a pure distillation of the man vs. nature genre," 1 Feb. 2019 Founded in 2002, Sonos has grown into a dominant force in the speaker industry — but it current business model is highly reliant on integration with other services and partners, like Spotify, Apple and Amazon. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Today’s daily deal: Groupon wants to sell itself," 9 July 2018 Such safety equipment could be a crutch that dulls drivers’ skills and makes them overly reliant on technology. Robert Duffer,, "Graduating to your own car? Safety features are key," 8 June 2018 Trump's cancellation of the June 12 meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong Un would appear to make the North Korean leader more reliant on China. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "Canceled summit raises stakes for China over North Korea," 26 May 2018 Sunday’s 71-59 win proved how Villanova isn’t completely reliant on the 3-pointer. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "Thanks to defense, Villanova is peaking at the right time," 26 Mar. 2018 There's also a risk that drivers could become over-reliant on driver assistance technologies and stop paying attention to the road, offsetting some of the safety benefits. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Car crashes killed 37,133 people in the US in 2017," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of reliant

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reliant was in 1849

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English Language Learners Definition of reliant

: needing someone or something for help, support, etc.

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