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Definition of independence

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the quality or state of being independent
2 archaic : competence sense 2


geographical name
In·​de·​pen·​dence | \ ˌin-də-ˈpen-dən(t)s How to pronounce Independence (audio) \

Definition of Independence (Entry 2 of 2)

city in western Missouri east of Kansas City population 116,830

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Synonyms & Antonyms for independence

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of independence in a Sentence

Noun She asserted her independence from her parents by getting her own apartment. He has shown a fierce independence of spirit. A month after independence, elections were held.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Republican governors of both states have eschewed mask requirements, tapping into a spirit of independence hewn from enduring the winters and storms of the Great Plains. Stephen Groves And Dave Kolpack,, "Coronavirus updates: Number of infections rising in the Dakotas, bringing impassioned debates about personal freedom versus masks," 12 Sep. 2020 The Republican governors of both states have eschewed mask requirements, tapping into a spirit of independence hewn from enduring the winters and storms of the Great Plains. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Dakotas lead US in virus growth as both reject mask rules," 12 Sep. 2020 For years, polls have shown Catalonia's 7.5 million residents roughly evenly divided on the question of independence. Joseph Wilson, Star Tribune, "Catalan separatists rally amid coronavirus crisis in Spain," 11 Sep. 2020 This $3 million reimbursement isn't the only big payment recently made by the Duke and Duchess in the name of independence from the Royal family. Olivia Harrison,, "It’s Official: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Are “Financially Independent”," 8 Sep. 2020 The Atlantic Charter spurred hopes of independence among the British colonies. Maria Abi-habib, New York Times, "The Forgotten Colonial Forces of World War II," 1 Sep. 2020 Some Scots are warming to the idea of independence. Max Colchester, WSJ, "As Scottish Independence Calls Grow, U.K. Trumpets Virtues of Unity," 31 Aug. 2020 Instead they were blamed for provoking the riot with their assertions of independence. Christy Clark-pujara And Anna-lisa Cox, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Myth of a Liberal North Erases a Long History of White Violence," 27 Aug. 2020 But Crenshaw has so far managed to have his moments of independence while remaining on Trump’s good side. Paul Cobler, Dallas News, "Crenshaw hails ‘heroes’ in GOP convention speech, doesn’t mention Trump by name," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of independence


1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of independence was in 1640

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18 Sep 2020

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“Independence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of independence

: freedom from outside control or support : the state of being independent
: the time when a country or region gains political freedom from outside control


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Kids Definition of independence

: the quality or state of not being under the control of, reliant on, or connected with someone or something else

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