independence

noun in·de·pen·dence \ ˌin-də-ˈpen-dən(t)s \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of independence

1 : the quality or state of being independent
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.

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First Known Use of independence

1640


Independence

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

Definition of Independence

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


INDEPENDENCE Defined for English Language Learners

independence

noun

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 Defined for Kids

independence

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

Definition of independence for Students

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


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