self-reliant

adjective
self-re·li·ant | \ ˌself-ri-ˈlī-ənt \

Definition of self-reliant 

: having confidence in and exercising one's own powers or judgment

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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self-reliant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of self-reliant

: confident in your own abilities and able to do things for yourself : not needing help from other people

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