Is self reliant/reliance different from self sufficient?

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  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    Please give us the sentence in which you plan to use the phrase, with some context, so we can give you more accurate answers.
     

    rituparnahoymoy

    Senior Member
    Assamese -India
    Please give us the sentence in which you plan to use the phrase, with some context, so we can give you more accurate answers.

    Every country has to be self reliant/reliance or self sufficient in all the economical aspect.

    A child when grow up needs to be self reliant/reliance or self sufficient in his studies.
     

    suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    In general they overlap but have differences.

    Self-sufficient is most often used in terms of resources (especially food) so an economy (or household) can be self-sufficient if it grows enough food for its needs. If a country can feed itself, or fuel its own industries you could also say it is self-reliant.

    However, self-reliant is more often used to suggest a mental strength rather than physical needs. So, a youngster can be self-reliant in terms of being motivated to study, but I would not use sufficient in that context.
     
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