Origin of reliance

First recorded in 1600–10; rely + -ance
Related formsmis·re·li·ance, nounnon·re·li·ance, nouno·ver·re·li·ance, nounsu·per·re·li·ance, noun

Synonyms for reliance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for over-reliance

Contemporary Examples of over-reliance

Historical Examples of over-reliance

  • It was just one more expression of that strangely discreditable yet almost universal failing,—the over-reliance upon others.

    The Devil's Paw

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

British Dictionary definitions for over-reliance


  1. dependence, confidence, or trust
  2. something or someone upon which one relies
Derived Formsreliant, adjectivereliantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for over-reliance



c.1600, from rely + -ance.

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