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[ri-lahy-uh nt] /rɪˈlaɪ ənt/
having or showing dependence:
reliant on money from home.
confident; trustful.
Origin of reliant
1855-60; rely + -ant
Related forms
reliantly, adverb
overreliant, adjective
unreliant, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And the subsidies make investment in solar plants more risky as the manufacturer is reliant upon government as his partner.
  • The military and country are growing so reliant on information systems that they have become the best first targets.
  • Attempting to be more self-reliant in any one area of our lives can feel a bit overwhelming.
  • There was a palpable conviction that the two revolutions were reliant on one another for their success.
  • The town is reliant on a few main roads in and out of the centre.
Word Origin and History for reliant

1856; see rely + -ant. Because it means "dependent (on)" it would seem an odd name for an automobile, but Chrysler (Plymouth) nonetheless chose it as one in 1981.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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