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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Admitting productive, self-reliant people has long been the objective of US immigration policy. Miriam Jordan,, "Trump immigration plan offers a ticket to the American Dream. The poor need not apply.," 14 Aug. 2019 These diverse farms generally follow organic practices, providing an alternative to today’s chemical-reliant commodity system that values price and portability over flavor and nutrition. Eric Velasco, al, "Follow the journey of local food from seed to plate," 13 Aug. 2019 The move will eventually help Apple become even more self-reliant in producing the chips and technology inside iPhones and cellular iPads. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The iPhone now makes up less than half of Apple’s business," 30 July 2019 Will anyone stand up for being responsible, honest, patient, self-reliant, hard-working, and law abiding? Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Ilhan Omar’s obvious dislike for this country," 25 July 2019 The letter, delivered to Colorado’s top energy-producing and most industry-reliant county, comes on the heels of the Weld County Commissioners unanimously approving the creation of a new internal oil and gas department on July 8. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Colorado oil and gas regulators tell Weld County the state still has authority over where wells can go," 22 July 2019 Beginning in 2014, the father began reducing the weekly payments by hundreds of dollars at a time – in hopes of inspiring the son to become more self-reliant. Fox News, "Jurors in father killer trial over cut off allowance say a can of coke was 'aha moment' that helped to find him guilty," 30 June 2019 Unlike other companies, including Apple’s arch-rival Samsung and LG which rely on third-party providers for their software and many services, Apple is largely self-reliant. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Watch Series 4 Outsold Every Other Smart Watch in 2018—in Just One Quarter," 25 June 2019 Coal-reliant countries in the east, including Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, blocked the move. Vanna Quiroz, CBS News, "Thousands of protesters urge for action against climate change in Germany," 22 June 2019

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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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