reliance on

reliance on (someone or something)

A total dependence on someone or something, especially to a detrimental or hindering degree. The writer's reliance on cliché started becoming painfully obvious after his second book. The countess's reliance on her assistants grew even greater after she had her fall.
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reliance on someone or something

trust and dependence on someone or something. John's reliance on his family is holding him back. Reliance on sleeping pills is dangerous.
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Besides the reliance on superior numbers, a kind of valour which hath raised a certain nation among the moderns to a high pitch of glory, there was another reason for the extraordinary courage which Partridge now discovered; for he had at present as much of that quality as was in the power of liquor to bestow.
My absolute reliance on her was the one earthly consideration which helped me to restrain myself, and gave me courage to wait.
'My son's tutor is a conscientious gentleman; and if I had not implicit reliance on my son, I should have reliance on him.'
strict reliance on the initially negotiated contract may produce less than satisfactory performance ...
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