Meaning of over-reliance in English:


Pronunciation /əʊvərɪˈlʌɪəns/


mass noun
  • Excessive dependence on or trust in someone or something.

    ‘an over-reliance on technology’
    • ‘Many of today's security breaches can be blamed on an over-reliance on passwords.’
    • ‘Pete's major error is his over-reliance on the crew.’
    • ‘He questioned the company's over-reliance on a small number of core products to deliver growth.’
    • ‘Over-reliance on such drugs can actually create a vicious cycle of chronic head pain.’
    • ‘The weakness of this over-reliance on exports was exposed by the Great Depression during the 1930s.’
    • ‘Avoiding over-reliance on foreign tourists, this lodge has successfully grown its business by focussing on Namibian business travellers.’
    • ‘He wants to see more emphasis given to the role of primary and community care, rather than over-reliance on hospitals.’
    • ‘At the same time emerged the enduring flaws of British food: a chronic lack of basic skills and an over-reliance on bottled sauces.’
    • ‘Economic development was retarded by over-dependence on the British Treasury and by over-reliance on declining traditional industries.’
    • ‘Over-reliance on senna may deplete the body of essential nutrients.’
    • ‘Whether these latest strategic moves will improve results, and remove its over-reliance on its main Hong Kong market, remains to be seen.’
    • ‘The Union Navy's blockade impeded the flow of replacement parts, while forcing an over-reliance upon rail transport instead of coastal and river transport.’
    • ‘This is a perfectly valid strategy, which aims to reduce over-reliance in one specific area by spreading risk across a number of different businesses.’
    • ‘There are still major problems - chronic shortages of drugs, a lack of trained staff and facilities, low immunisation rates and an over-reliance on foreign aid.’
    • ‘His surviving works are characterized by tunefulness and harmonic simplicity, though with an over-reliance on predictable if pleasing phrase structures.’
    • ‘An over-reliance on international technology companies means the UK is still exposed, particularly given the continued decline in the manufacturing sector.’
    • ‘The album works best for fans of the smooth groove R'n'B style, given its over-reliance on slick beats and sexy melodies.’
    • ‘Educational diversity is threatened by the over-reliance on objective scores and rankings.’
    • ‘America's over-reliance on technological, as opposed to human, intelligence has become legendary.’
    • ‘If there is a criticism of these final episodes, it is probably the over-reliance on deep, world-shaking revelations about the characters.’
    addiction, dependence, over-reliance, reliance