confident or trustful dependence.
something or someone relied on.

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 reliance

Contemporary Examples of reliance

Historical Examples of reliance

  • She has such a strong attachment to you and reliance on you.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • And why is her own reliance on my honour so late and so reluctantly shown?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Her reliance on his secrecy, and his tacit acquiescence, increased his distress of mind.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • A curious sense of reliance upon his superiority in years had come to him.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • What have been the consequences in America of reliance upon this formula?

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

British Dictionary definitions for reliance



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

c.1600, from rely + -ance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper