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Old September 5 2013, 05:08 AM   #19
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Re: US. Navy Tug Boat USS. Defiant

J.T.B. wrote: View Post
It's interesting because the primary definition of "reliant" means dependent on something or someone else, not normally high on a list of military virtues. I assume people take it as short for "self-reliant," but it seems that's a fairly recent thing. I blame Lee Iacocca, myself.
Apparently one of the non-primary definitions of reliant is "confident", which I can see being high on a list of military virtues.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/reliant
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