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self-reliance

[ self-ri-lahy-uhns, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlf rɪˈlaɪ əns, ˌsɛlf- /
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noun

reliance on oneself or one's own powers, resources, etc.

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Origin of self-reliance

First recorded in 1825–35
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British Dictionary definitions for self-reliance

self-reliance

noun

reliance on one's own abilities, decisions, etc

Derived forms of self-reliance

self-reliant, adjectiveself-reliantly, adverb
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Cultural definitions for self-reliance

“Self-Reliance”

(1841) An essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson that advises the reader to “Trust thyself” and argues that “whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.” It is the source of several well-known epigrams, such as “To be great is to be misunderstood” and “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

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