re·​li·​ant ri-ˈlī-ənt How to pronounce reliant (audio)
: having reliance on something or someone : dependent
reliantly adverb

Examples of reliant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the Russians have been unable to produce enough new equipment to replace their losses and are reliant on dwindling Soviet-era stocks. Branislav L. Slantchev, Foreign Affairs, 1 Apr. 2024 Even so, Chevron's future there is similarly deeply reliant on the goodwill of residents and regulators. David Folkenflik, NPR, 28 Mar. 2024 As the world becomes ever more reliant on electronics — and increasing amounts are being sold in developing countries for the first time — this hazardous waste stream is booming. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 20 Mar. 2024 While hating on the greedy banks and bashing capitalism plays well with the animated and very-online progressive movement, the fact remains that so much of what powers the broader economy is reliant on that system that prizes easy and reliable access to capital. Philip Elliott, TIME, 18 Mar. 2024 But the rising Democratic belief in North Carolina, and pessimism in Georgia, show how the party is especially reliant this year on down-ballot races to increase turnout as Mr. Biden fights anemic approval ratings. Nicholas Nehamas, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2024 The game draws on a familiar format that everyone knows, and varies that format in a manner that is reminiscent of other games without being reliant on their mastery. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 6 Mar. 2024 On a positive note, Kering became less reliant on Gucci during that time, dropping from 60% of revenues in 2019 to 50% in 2023, but its other reporting brands and sectors didn’t pick up the slack. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 In its sweeping lawsuit filed in New Jersey federal court on Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department alleged that Apple violated antitrust laws by undermining apps and products that could compete with Apple or that could make customers less reliant on its iPhone systems, such as its digital wallet. Elizabeth Dilts Marshall, Billboard, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reliant was in 1849

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“Reliant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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re·​li·​ant ri-ˈlī-ənt How to pronounce reliant (audio)
: having reliance on something or someone : trusting
reliant on the family for news
reliantly adverb

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