[self-ri-lahy-uh nt, self-]
- relying on oneself or on one's own powers, resources, etc.
Origin of self-reliant
First recorded in 1840–50
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independent, assured, enterprising, resolute, capable.
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Examples from the Web for self-reliant
And she credits her mother for helping to establish who that woman was early on: independent, free, self-reliant.Diane von Furstenberg: How I Learned to Love My Wrap Dress
October 27, 2014
The workers are treated respectfully and are able to earn a self-reliant living.China Has a Dwarf Amusement Park
June 5, 2014
The right loves to bash New York's Citi Bike system, but bike share embodies the privatized, self-reliant ideals they espouse.Why Conservatives Should Love Bike Share
June 9, 2013
To what degree are we as Americans truly self-made and self-reliant?Is Henry James’s ‘The Portrait of a Lady’ the Great American Novel?
August 30, 2012
Times have changed, and now I enter Calais self-reliant and rational.The Uncommercial Traveller
Miss Sommerton rose and stepped with firm, self-reliant tread on the landing.One Day's Courtship
She was never a conceited, but she had often been a self-reliant woman.A Spirit in Prison
It was frank and self-reliant, and, oddly enough, had a look that was almost tender.Murder Point
Yet there is something powerful, self-reliant, inevitable about it.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
Word Origin and History for self-reliant
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