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[ri-lahy-uh ns] /rɪˈlaɪ əns/
confident or trustful dependence.
something or someone relied on.
Origin of reliance
1600-10; rely + -ance
Related forms
misreliance, noun
nonreliance, noun
overreliance, noun
superreliance, noun
1. confidence, trust, faith, assurance. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reliance
  • But watchdog groups say that the system's reliance on self-reporting means its data are fundamentally flawed.
  • Others reinvented self-portraiture by removing the traditional reliance on physiognomy all together.
  • Increased reliance on automobiles means more pollution, more traffic, more use of fossil fuels.
  • Any reliance on the material on this site is at your own risk.
  • But the critique, unfortunately, seems to be fueled by reliance on common misperceptions.
  • Its reliance on online retailers makes it less suited to less web-savvy emerging markets.
  • Your comments almost sound reasonable, but for your continual reliance on demeaning personal remarks.
  • There was way too much reliance on illustrations of things instead of photographs.
  • With gasoline prices high again, universities are looking for ways to reduce their long-term reliance on the fuel.
  • Less nuclear means more reliance on coal, oil and gas.
British Dictionary definitions for reliance


dependence, confidence, or trust
something or someone upon which one relies
Derived Forms
reliant, adjective
reliantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for reliance

c.1600, from rely + -ance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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