Definitions

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  • adj. Relying on something to an excessive degree

Etymologies

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over- +‎ reliant

Examples

  • Ma plays down fears that the free-trade pact set with China will make Taiwan "overreliant" on the Mainland, "saying the deal could lead to similar ones with other countries that would help diversify the island's economy."

    Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog

  • The City hierarchy are adamant there is no more money for transfer fees this summer but, with the manager anxious for proven cover in every position, and contesting the squad could become overreliant on De Jong as it pursues the Premier League and Champions League this season, he proposed Hargreaves as a cut-price alternative.

    Owen Hargreaves given chance to resurrect career at Manchester City

  • That says much about the nature of China's economic expansion, which has become overreliant on fixed-asset investment in, for example, export-oriented factories.

    China's Dubious Energy Accolade

  • Italy, the defending world champion, is an aging team that is probably overreliant on the men who delivered the World Cup four years ago.

    Disregard Rankings at World Cup Time

  • Places that are overreliant on manufacturing get whipsawed by economic currents more than do highly diverse local economies.

    Shock of Gray

  • We have become overreliant on a single grain that for many people is the source of most of their daily calories.

    The Chemistry of Calm

  • He is measured but scathing in his judgment: "I concluded that our headquarters and support bureaucracies, military and civilian alike, have swelled to cumbersome and top-heavy proportions, grown overreliant on contractors, and grown accustomed to operating with little consideration to cost."

    A War Within

  • The even bigger question is how China will exit from an economic model that is overreliant on government-led investment and exports.

    China's Perilous Exit Decision

  • MCINTYRE: It could be done, but at considerable cost, says author Robert Young Pelton, whose book "Licensed to Kill" argues the U.S. is overreliant on contractors.

    CNN Transcript Oct 31, 2007

  • Fears that the EU is overreliant on Moscow have grown, especially since Russian natural-gas supplies to Europe were briefly halted during a pricing dispute with Ukraine in January last year.

    Algeria-Russia Split on Gas Helps Europe

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