Etymology
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self-reliant (adj.)

"trusting to one's own powers," 1826; see self- + reliant. Self-dependent in the same sense is from 1670s 

updated on April 19, 2022

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Definitions of self-reliant from WordNet

self-reliant (adj.)
(of persons) free from external control and constraint in e.g. action and judgment;
Synonyms: autonomous / self-directed
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