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English definition of “reliance”

reliance

noun [S or U]     /rɪˈlaɪəns/
the state of needing or depending on something or someone in order to be able to do something: reliance on sth/sb Ireland has a greater reliance on oil for electricity generation than most other EU countries.increasing/growing/heavy reliance on sth The company's increasing reliance on subcontractors involves several risks, including reduced control over pricing. We are in talks with potential partners in Asia as part of our strategy to reduce our reliance on the American market.
(Definition of reliance noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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