Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of relying or the state of being reliant.
  • n. The faith, confidence, or trust felt by one who relies; dependence. See Synonyms at trust.
  • n. One relied on; a mainstay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of relying on someone or something; trust.
  • n. The condition of being reliant or dependent.
  • n. A person or thing which relies on another.
  • n. Anything on which to rely; ground of trust.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of relying, or the condition or quality of being reliant; dependence; confidence; trust; repose of mind upon what is deemed sufficient support or authority.
  • n. Anything on which to rely; dependence; ground of trust.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of relying, or the state or character of being reliant; confident rest for support; confidence; dependence: as, we may have perfect reliance on the promises of God; to have reliance on the testimony of witnesses.
  • n. Anything on which to rely; sure dependence: ground of trust.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. certainty based on past experience
  • n. the state of relying on something

Etymologies

From rely + -ance (Wiktionary)

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