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[self-ri-lahy-uh nt, self-] /ˈsɛlf rɪˈlaɪ ənt, ˌsɛlf-/
relying on oneself or on one's own powers, resources, etc.
Origin of self-reliant
First recorded in 1840-50
Related forms
self-reliantly, adverb
independent, assured, enterprising, resolute, capable. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Times have changed, and now I enter Calais self-reliant and rational.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Miss Sommerton rose and stepped with firm, self-reliant tread on the landing.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • 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.

  • For an instant, self-reliant and cool as he was, Dick was confused by the directness of his greeting.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
Word Origin and History for self-reliant

1826, from self- + reliant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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