reliance

[ri-lahy-uhns]
noun
1.
confident or trustful dependence.
3.
something or someone relied on.

Origin:
1600–10; rely + -ance

misreliance, noun
nonreliance, noun
overreliance, noun
superreliance, noun


1. confidence, trust, faith, assurance.
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reliance (rɪˈlaɪəns)
 
n
1.  dependence, confidence, or trust
2.  something or someone upon which one relies
 
re'liant
 
adj
 
re'liantly
 
adv

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reliance
1607, from rely (q.v.) + -ance. The adj. reliant is attested from 1856. Since it means "dependent (on)" it would seem an odd name for an automobile, but Chrysler (Plymouth) nonetheless chose it as one in 1981.
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Example sentences
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.
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