independence

noun
in·​de·​pen·​dence | \ ˌin-də-ˈpen-dən(t)s \

Definition of independence

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Independence

geographical name
In·​de·​pen·​dence | \ ˌin-də-ˈpen-dən(t)s \

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

self-dependence, self-reliance, self-subsistence, self-sufficiency, self-support

Antonyms: Noun

dependence (also dependance), reliance

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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

Calls for independence have increased since Moscow's 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. Vladimir Isachenkov, Fox News, "Russian Orthodox Church issues warning to Orthodoxy's leader," 28 Sep. 2018 Croatia, a country that only gained independence in 1991, will be playing in its first. Graham Dunbar, courant.com, "A Youthful France Faces Veteran-Laden Croatia For World Cup," 14 July 2018 But after its overthrow and Eritrea’s declaration of independence, relations soured despite close cultural and linguistic ties. Paul Schemm, Washington Post, "Thousands cheer Ethiopian leader’s visit to former enemy Eritrea for unprecedented summit," 8 July 2018 Although reminiscent of the Cold War, these launches will be a declaration of independence from the Soyuz capsule. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019 Let this agenda be New York’s declaration of independence. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Cuomo Lays Out His Third-Term Priorities," 17 Dec. 2018 There are those struggling to eke out a bare existence in a barren land who have never heard of free enterprise, but who cherish the idea of independence. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "‘Awe-inspiring’: Listen to Sen. John F. Kennedy read the Declaration of Independence," 4 July 2018 Manchin is a throwback to an earlier era of American politics Manchin pulled this off by establishing a brand of political independence. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Joe Manchin reelected in West Virginia: the most conservative Senate Democrat survives," 7 Nov. 2018 It is sometimes said that Croatia’s war of independence kicked off in May 1990 when fans from Zagreb and Belgrade clashed at Zagreb’s Maksimir stadium. The Economist, "Croatia stands on the cusp of World Cup victory," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of independence

Noun

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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independence

noun

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

independence

noun
in·​de·​pen·​dence | \ ˌin-də-ˈpen-dəns \

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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