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independent |ˌindəˈpendənt|

adjective

1 free from outside control; not depending on another’s authority : the study is totally independent of central government | Canada’s largest independent investment firm.

• (of a country) self-governing : India became independent in 1947.

• not belonging to or supported by a political party : the independent candidate.

• (of broadcasting, a school, etc.) not supported by public funds.

• not influenced or affected by others; impartial : a thorough and independent investigation of the case.

• ( Independent) historical Congregational.

2 not depending on another for livelihood or subsistence : I wanted to remain independent in old age.

• capable of thinking or acting for oneself : advice for independent travelers.

• (of income or resources) making it unnecessary to earn one’s living : a woman of independent means.

3 not connected with another or with each other; separate : we need two independent witnesses to testify | the legislature and the judicature are independent of each other.

• not depending on something else for strength or effectiveness; freestanding : an independent electric shower.

• Mathematics (of one of a set of axioms, equations, or quantities) incapable of being expressed in terms of, or derived or deduced from, the others.

noun

an independent person or body.

• an independent political candidate, voter, etc.

• ( Independent) historical a Congregationalist.

DERIVATIVES

independently |ˈɪndəˈpɛndəntli| adverb

ORIGIN early 17th cent. (as an adjective): partly on the pattern of French indépendant.

"We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be."--Jane Austen

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