re·​li·​ant | \ri-ˈlī-ənt \

Definition of reliant 

: having reliance on something or someone : dependent

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reliantly adverb

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The initial public offering of Saudi Arabian Oil Co., better known as Aramco, was meant to be the cornerstone of the kingdom’s plan to be less reliant on oil. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Doubts Grow Aramco IPO Will Ever Happen," 5 July 2018 The results of recent elections show that politicians have become less reliant on votes in Southeast to win citywide office. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "Are D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods falling off the electoral map?," 29 June 2018 The good news may be that Portuguese companies are becoming less reliant on bank loans. Anabela Reis,, "Small Portuguese Firms Are Starting a New Trend," 25 June 2018 In an era of sustained lower oil prices, the government is pushing Saudis to become less reliant on the government for jobs, handouts, and subsidies. Aya Batrawy,, "As driving ban lifts, Saudi women at center of change," 23 June 2018 Highlights Comparison: Alonzo Gee Frazier has great athletic ability, but must become less reliant on his physical advantage and improve his skill set to make a consistent impact in the NBA. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Draft: Melvin Frazier Scouting Report and Highlights," 15 June 2018 Wayne Ellington, Minnesota Timberwolves Ellington set the record for three pointers hit by a bench player last season, finishing sixth in threes for a Heat team that became dangerously reliant on his offense. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Playing Matchmaker for Your Favorite NBA Free Agents," 26 June 2018 In an era of sustained lower oil prices, the government is pushing Saudis to become less reliant on the government for jobs, handouts and subsidies. Aya Batrawy,, "As driving ban lifts, Saudi women in crosshairs of change," 23 June 2018 Our society has become completely reliant on technology. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In Bill Clinton’s New Thriller, the Final Villain is Feminism," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of reliant

1849, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reliant

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

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