What does the word reliance mean?

Usage examples for reliance

  1. Meanwhile her ability and self- reliance banished all compunction. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  2. He therefore placed his chief reliance on Langhetti, and determined merely to secure some one who would watch over her, and let him know from day to day how she fared. – Cord and Creese by James de Mille