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self-reliant

[self-ri-lahy-uh nt, self-]
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adjective
  1. relying on oneself or on one's own powers, resources, etc.

Origin of self-reliant

First recorded in 1840–50
Related formsself-re·li·ant·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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independent, assured, enterprising, resolute, capable.
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Examples from the Web for self-reliant

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Historical Examples

  • Times have changed, and now I enter Calais self-reliant and rational.

  • Miss Sommerton rose and stepped with firm, self-reliant tread on the landing.

  • She was never a conceited, but she had often been a self-reliant woman.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • It was frank and self-reliant, and, oddly enough, had a look that was almost tender.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • Yet there is something powerful, self-reliant, inevitable about it.


Word Origin and History for self-reliant

adj.

1826, from self- + reliant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper