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self- +‎ reliance


self-reliance (uncountable)

  1. The capacity to rely on one's own capabilities, and to manage one's own affairs; independence.
    Loss of self-reliance leads to loss of self-confidence.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 1, page 207:
      The present sorrow always exceeds its predecessors—not so the present joy; comparison exaggerates the one, while it diminishes the other; and people talk of their youth as if it had not been a period of feverish sensitiveness, awkward embarrassments, many heart-burnings, and an utter want of that self-reliance which alone can ensure content.
    • 2020 April 9, Ian Boyd, “We practised for a pandemic, but didn’t brace”, in Nature, volume 580, number 7802, page 9:
      A successful response uses social forces such as peer pressure and altruism to help people adapt to changing circumstances. It delivers messages and support that promote self-reliance rather than encourage people to fall back on stressed state support.