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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Keeping Tre Jones around for another season will greatly stabilize an otherwise inexperienced group that will again be reliant on freshmen. Jeremy Woo,, "Top 25 Reset: How Draft Decisions Changed Our 2019-20 Preseason Rankings," 5 June 2019 Muscles, joints, and even teeth are all reliant on the ECM to keep things in place. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Bio Glue Stops Post-Traumatic Bleeding in Its Tracks," 14 May 2019 However, delays in the Commercial Crew Program would stretch the amount of time NASA remains reliant on the Soyuz vehicle. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Today’s failed Soyuz launch complicates the future of the International Space Station," 11 Oct. 2018 Its main aim is to decide whether Britain is overly reliant on Huawei equipment, according to people familiar with the review. Stu Woo, WSJ, "U.S. Push Against Huawei Gear Hits an Obstacle: Carriers That Love It," 14 Feb. 2019 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

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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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