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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 In his prior federal go-round, Mr. Weil issued rules stripping most contractors of their independence, forcibly reclassifying them as employees (the better to unionize them). Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 15 July 2021 Five former Kosovar war commanders, including a former president and parliamentary speakers are on trial at The Hague for crimes related to a 1998-1999 war that Kosovar's waged for their independence from Serbia. Llazar Semini, Star Tribune, 12 July 2021 Unfortunately, in today’s America, our media rarely talk about the biggest miracle in human history — the unprecedented achievements of America since her independence. Yukong Zhao, National Review, 11 July 2021 There are more than 20 countries that celebrate their independence in July. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 Britney Spears' recent court testimony might have put her previous mental health evaluations under a cloud of mistrust, but her allegations of abuse are unlikely to help her gain independence without further psychological scrutiny. NBC News, 9 July 2021 Instead the firm looks to be retaining its independence and heading toward an IPO. Chris Taylor, Fortune, 8 July 2021 On July 4, 1845, Thoreau celebrated his independence by moving to his cabin on Walden Pond., 8 July 2021 Spears argued for her independence in a passionate statement in court June 23, appearing remotely. Jolie Lash,, 6 July 2021

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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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“Independence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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