[ri-lahy-uh nt]


having or showing dependence: reliant on money from home.
confident; trustful.

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. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of reliant

Historical Examples of reliant

  • He was not particularly handsome, but possessed a strong, reliant face.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • There was something so strong, reliant, masterful about her Jack that made him irresistible to her.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • She understood the strong, reliant nature which underlaid the quiet exterior.

  • The utter collapse of the old man, always so reliant before, had served to fire all his latent energy.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • We note her reliant step; her form, too thin; her face a little weary from over-hard studying.

    The Story of a Life

    J. Breckenridge Ellis

Word Origin and History for 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