Definition of reliance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//rɪˈlaɪəns//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlaɪəns//
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[uncountable, singular] reliance (on/upon somebody/something) the state of needing somebody/something in order to survive, be successful, etc.; the fact of being able to rely on somebody/something synonym dependence Heavy reliance on one client is risky when you are building up a business. Such learning methods encourage too great a reliance upon the teacher. The study programme concentrates more on group work and places less reliance on (= depends less on) lectures. I wouldn't place too much reliance on (= trust) these figures. an increasing reliance on overseas aidWord Familyrely verbreliable adjective (unreliable)reliably adverbreliability noun (unreliability)reliance nounExtra examples I don’t think you should place too much reliance on these figures. They believe that modern farming techniques encourage an excessive reliance on harmful chemicals. Too heavy a reliance on a particular market may be dangerous for the company. a high degree of reliance on newspaper reports the increased reliance of the university on private funds the means by which individuals might reduce or eliminate reliance on the state
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