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[ri-lahy-uh nt] /rɪˈlaɪ ənt/
having or showing dependence:
reliant on money from home.
confident; trustful.
Origin of reliant
First recorded in 1855-60; rely + -ant
Related forms
reliantly, adverb
overreliant, adjective
unreliant, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He was not particularly handsome, but possessed a strong, reliant face.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • There was something so strong, reliant, masterful about her Jack that made him irresistible to her.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • She understood the strong, reliant nature which underlaid the quiet exterior.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • The utter collapse of the old man, always so reliant before, had served to fire all his latent energy.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • We note her reliant step; her form, too thin; her face a little weary from over-hard studying.

    The Story of a Life J. Breckenridge Ellis
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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