- IPA: /ɹɪˈlaɪəns/
- The act of relying (on or in someone or something); trust.
- Your reliance on his expertise may be misplaced.
- circa 1607 William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, Act II, Scene 1,
- […] his days and times are past
- And my reliances on his fracted [i.e. broken] dates
- Have smit my credit:
- 1752, Charlotte Lennox, The Female Quixote, London: A. Millar, Volume 2, Book 9, Chapter 9, p. 288,
- How unfavourable is Chance, said Arabella fretting at the Disappointment, to Persons who have any Reliance upon it!
- 1867, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “Samuel Johnson” in Biographical and Historical Sketches, New York: Appleton, p. 54,
- It was out of his power to support his son at either university; but a wealthy neighbor offered assistance; and, in reliance on promises which proved to be of very little value, Samuel was entered at Pembroke College, Oxford.
- 1912, W. Somerset Maugham, Mrs. Dot, London: Heinemann, Act 2, p. 89,
- I put infinite reliance in your tact.
- 1962, C. S. Forester, Hornblower and the Hotspur, London: Michael, Joseph, Chapter 3,
- Hornblower could see in a flash that he could place implicit reliance on Bush’s seamanship.
- The condition of being reliant or dependent.
- The industry is working to phase out its reliance on fossil fuels.
- 1933, “‘Rumbling’ & ‘Goosing’,” Time (magazine), 25 September, 1933,[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,882226,00.html]
- […] he contended that habitual reliance on engine power causes a pilot to lose his ability to make a forced landing “deadstick” if necessary.
- 2016, Roger Wilkins, “Australia’s economic wellbeing is at a standstill as rift between young and old widens,” The Guardian, 20 July, 2016,
- Poverty in Australia has declined, welfare reliance has stabilised and long-term poverty is becoming rare—but overall economic wellbeing is no longer improving […]
- (dated) Anything on which to rely; ground of trust.
- The boat was a poor reliance.
- 1593, Thomas Nashe, Christs Teares ouer Ierusalem, London: Thomas Thorp, 1613, p. 69,
- Thou wert once the chiefe pillar of my posterity, and the whole reliance of my name:
- 1656, Robert Sanderson (theologian), Twenty Sermons, London: Henry Seile, Sermon 14, p. 280,
- A horse is counted but a vain thing, […] to save a man. So are Chariots, and Forts, and Armies, and Navies, and all earthly reliances.
- 1742, Samuel Richardson, Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded, London: for the author, Volume 3, Letter 32, p. 286,
- Mr. Adams may marry as well as Mr. Williams; and both, I believe, will find God’s Providence a better Reliance, than the richest Benefice in England.
- 1914, Stephen Leacock, Adventurers of the Far North, Toronto: Glasgow, Brook, Chapter 5, p. 123,
- Most ominous of all was the discovery of over six hundred empty cans that had held preserved meat, the main reliance of the expedition.
- A person or thing which relies on another.