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English definition of “reliance”


noun [U]     /rɪˈlaɪ.əns/
C2 the state of depending on or trusting in something or someone: The region's reliance on tourism is unwise . You place too much reliance on her ideas and expertise .Trusting and not trusting reliant     /rɪˈlaɪ.ənt/ adjective C2 He's completely reliant on his wheelchair to get about. → See also self-reliantTrusting and not trusting
(Definition of reliance noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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