independence

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

Definition of independence

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being independent

  2. 2 archaic :  competence 1

Examples of independence in a sentence

  1. She asserted her independence from her parents by getting her own apartment.

  2. He has shown a fierce independence of spirit.

  3. A month after independence, elections were held.

1640

First Known Use of independence

1640


Independence

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

Definition of Independence

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



INDEPENDENCE Defined for English Language Learners

independence

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

Definition of independence for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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

Definition of Independence for English Language Learners

  • : U.S. city, Missouri


INDEPENDENCE Defined for Kids

independence

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

Definition of independence for Students

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



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