reliance

noun

re·​li·​ance ri-ˈlī-ən(t)s How to pronounce reliance (audio)
1
: the act of relying : the state of being reliant
2
: something or someone relied on

Example Sentences

he's been the family's foremost reliance in times of trouble many times a baby's reliance on her parents
Recent Examples on the Web Tensions will rise as global powers use economic policies defensively to reduce reliance on rivals and offensively to limit the rise of competing nations. Kelvin Chan, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Jan. 2023 Apple is a member of the FIDO Alliance, which wants to reduce reliance on passwords in favor of biometrics such as Face ID and Touch ID, as well as security keys. Kate O'flaherty, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 The company claims this helps reduce reliance on the world's electrical grids, with Lightyear CEO Lex Hoefsloot saying the 2 requires less plug-in charging than conventional EVs. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 5 Jan. 2023 But the events of the last several years have made the company’s effort to reduce reliance on one country all the more urgent. Gregor Stuart Hunter, Fortune, 16 Dec. 2022 The administration also lost in its $400 billion proposal to expand access to home health care and to reduce reliance on nursing homes for Americans who need long-term care. Margot Sanger-katz, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2022 Competition is heating up as other countries ramp up investments in minerals, batteries, and EV production to reduce reliance on China. Mary Hui, Quartz, 14 Oct. 2022 The mayor backed the $160 billion plan by the San Diego Association of Governments that seeks to reduce reliance on automobiles in the coming decades. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2022 As the largest domestic chip maker by both revenue and manufacturing footprint, Intel stands to benefit the most from legislation designed specifically to reduce reliance on overseas facilities for key technologies. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 29 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reliance was in 1606

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Cite this Entry

“Reliance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reliance. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

reliance

noun
re·​li·​ance ri-ˈlī-ən(t)s How to pronounce reliance (audio)
1
: the act of relying
2
: the condition or attitude of one who relies : dependence
3
: something or someone relied on

Legal Definition

reliance

noun
re·​li·​ance ri-ˈlī-əns How to pronounce reliance (audio)
1
: the act of relying
reliance on a promise
2
: reliance interest at interest 1

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