reliance,n. Dependence or trust by a person, esp. when combined with action based on that

dependence or trust. — rely,vb.

detrimental reliance.Reliance by one party on the acts or representations of another, causing a

worsening of the first party’s position. • Detrimental reliance may serve as a substitute for

consideration and thus make a promise enforceable as a contract. See promissory estoppel under

ESTOPPEL. [Cases: Estoppel 55, 85, 87. C.J.S. Estoppel §§ 85–86, 90, 92–93.] [Blacks Law 8th]