self-reliance

noun self-re·li·ance \ ˌself-ri-ˈlī-ənts \

Definition of self-reliance

: reliance on one's own efforts and abilities

First Known Use of self-reliance

1815

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SELF-RELIANCE Defined for Kids

self-reliance

noun self-re·li·ance \ ˌself-ri-ˈlī-əns \

Definition of self-reliance for Students

: a feeling of trust that someone has in his or her own efforts and abilities


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