reliance on oneself or one's own powers, resources, etc.
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How to use self-reliance in a sentence
Christianity spawned the monastic movement, originally in Egypt, that insisted upon peace, self-reliance, education and charity.Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence | Patricia Pearson | October 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I would never do that,” he snaps, launching into a lecture on the virtues of self-reliance.Why Is Louis C.K. So Funny? He Uses Humor as a Moral Compass. | Andrew Romano | May 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The pursuit of happiness is a double-edged sword; self-reliance often bleeds into selfishness.'Breaking Bad's' Series Finale Cements Its Status As One of the All-Time Greats | Andrew Romano | September 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The daddy party cherishes its self-image as the party of toughness, of self-reliance, of up-by-the-bootstraps fortitude.Squishes, Step Aside: Ted Cruz and Chris Christie’s Old-School Manliness | Michelle Cottle | May 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the practice of realism defined the founding generation of the state fully as much as the ideal of self-reliance.
Modern times, we are convinced, have witnessed but few instances of such a masterly policy, combined with signal self-reliance.
Indeed, individual cases show a virtual lack of self-reliance.Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents | Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
He attempted aggressive operations with his former energy and self-reliance, but not with his former success.
My aim has been to set good sterling stuff before the world, so that any one, whose self-reliance is great, may receive strength.Ancient Faiths And Modern | Thomas Inman
She had seen before that look of competence, of easy self-reliance.The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for self-reliance
reliance on one's own abilities, decisions, etc
- self-reliant, adjective
- self-reliantly, adverb
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Cultural definitions for “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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