[ri-lahy-uh nt]

Origin of reliant

First recorded in 1855–60; rely + -ant
Related formsre·li·ant·ly, adverbo·ver·re·li·ant, adjectiveun·re·li·ant, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Word Origin and History for over-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