Definition of reliance in US English:



  • 1Dependence on or trust in someone or something.

    ‘the farmer's reliance on pesticides’
    • ‘Then there are also those who caution you against total reliance on machines.’
    • ‘The current system is criticised for its reliance on overly broad classifications.’
    • ‘There is no reflection of that reliance on the conviction matters in the bail decision against us by the Court of Appeal.’
    • ‘The Kremlin now accepts that the country must reduce its reliance on oil and employ measures to stimulate the domestic economy.’
    • ‘I must warn you of the special need for caution before convicting a defendant in reliance on identification evidence.’
    • ‘Companies sought to avoid reliance on the grid by producing power ‘in house’.’
    • ‘Trust as reliance on the claims of the seller is an essential feature of market exchanges.’
    • ‘It has also made him a target for those who believe that they have been unjustly treated as a result of the courts' reliance on his testimony.’
    • ‘Their disillusionment grew with what appeared to be his increasing reliance on intuition rather than pragmatism.’
    • ‘There is special need for caution when considering evidence of identification and convicting a defendant in reliance on it.’
    • ‘It is not something into which we should launch ourselves on the basis of reliance on local forces alone.’
    • ‘China has taken on board some environmental measures aimed to reduce its reliance on coal and other fossil fuels.’
    • ‘My lack of reliance on the benefits of government does not mean that I am apolitical, far from it.’
    • ‘Ireland's heavy reliance on fossil fuels such as oil and coal is not sustainable for the future, he said.’
    • ‘The findings indicate that reliance on faith helps this sample with health promotion.’
    • ‘The Claimants' reliance on past convictions of the Relevant Defendants is not a valid basis for injunctive relief.’
    • ‘He believes greater reliance on nuclear energy is the only alternative.’
    • ‘He argues that we need to stem the current tide of urbanisation and reduce our reliance on foreign inward investment.’
    • ‘The only thing that changes is the increasing reliance on computer technology.’
    • ‘Our total reliance on export markets means our local people are too poor to buy products.’
    dependence, dependency
    trust in, confidence in, faith in, credence in, belief in, conviction in
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    1. 1.1archaic A person or thing on which someone depends.