Etymology
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reliant (adj.)

1856, "having or indicating reliance or confidence;" see rely (v.) + -ant. Perhaps based on reliance. Because its meaning shades into "dependent (on)," a sense attested by 1878, it would seem an odd name for an automobile, but Chrysler (Plymouth) nonetheless chose it as one in 1981.

updated on June 25, 2021

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Definitions of reliant from WordNet

reliant (adj.)
relying on another for support;
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