[self-ri-lahy-uh ns, self-] /ˈsɛlf rɪˈlaɪ əns, ˌsɛlf-/
reliance on oneself or one's own powers, resources, etc.
Example Sentences for self-reliance
The third hurdle will be convincing private pilots, who pride themselves on self-reliance, to buy and install the system.
No friendliness with other nations, no good will for them or by them, can take the place of national self-reliance.
The overt theme of his politics is self-reliance and a free-market philosophy.
The loss of self-esteem is a celebrated symptom, and my own sense of self had all but disappeared, along with any self-reliance.
Even if they support its message, they might want more self-reliance and responsibility from its members.
They believe in self-reliance and personal achievement.
The theme of self-reliance, which permeated the course, prefigured his own relationship with the college.
It also creates a sustainable tourism market, which in turn promotes a sense of self-reliance for locals.
Each society has to decide for itself the appropriate balance between unconditional welfare and self-reliance.
Faith used to drive a lot of voluntarism, civic engagement and self-reliance.
British Dictionary definitions for self-reliance
reliance on one's own abilities, decisions, etc

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Word Origin and History for self-reliance
1883, from self + reliance (q.v.). First recorded in J.S. Mill.
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self-reliance in Culture

“Self-Reliance” definition

(1841) An essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson that advises the reader to “Trust thyself” and argues that “whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.” It is the source of several well-known epigrams, such as “To be great is to be misunderstood” and “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

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