[self-ri-lahy-uhnt, self-]


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

Origin of self-reliant

First recorded in 1840–50
Related formsself-re·li·ant·ly, adverb

Synonyms for self-reliant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-reliant

Contemporary Examples of self-reliant

Historical Examples of self-reliant

  • Times have changed, and now I enter Calais self-reliant and rational.

  • Miss Sommerton rose and stepped with firm, self-reliant tread on the landing.

  • She was never a conceited, but she had often been a self-reliant woman.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • It was frank and self-reliant, and, oddly enough, had a look that was almost tender.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • Yet there is something powerful, self-reliant, inevitable about it.

Word Origin and History for self-reliant

1826, from self- + reliant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper