self-reliant

adjective self-re·li·ant \ ˌself-ri-ˈlī-ənt \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of self-reliant

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

First Known Use of self-reliant

1848


SELF-RELIANT Defined for English Language Learners

self-reliant

adjective

Definition of self-reliant for English Language Learners

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



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