Definition of INDEPENDENCE

the ability to care for one's self <children are supposed to achieve some measure of independence by the time they are 18—so it's time for that 30-year-old to move out!>
Antonyms dependence (also dependance), reliance
the state of being free from the control or power of another <college freshmen often revel in their newfound independence>
Antonyms dependence (also dependance), heteronomy, subjection, unfreedom

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