AskDefine | Define reliance

Dictionary Definition



1 certainty based on past experience; "he wrote the paper with considerable reliance on the work of other scientists"; "he put more trust in his own two legs than in the gun" [syn: trust]
2 the state of relying on something

User Contributed Dictionary



From rely + -ance



  1. The act of relying on someone or something; trust.
  2. The condition of being reliant or dependent.
  3. A person or thing which relies on another.


The act of relying on someone or something; trust
The condition of being reliant or dependent
A person or thing which relies on another

Extensive Definition

Reliance may refer to:





reliance in German: Reliance
reliance in Dutch: Reliance
reliance in Polish: Reliance
reliance in Volapük: Reliance

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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