independence

noun
in·​de·​pen·​dence | \ ˌin-də-ˈpen-dən(t)s How to pronounce independence (audio) \

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 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

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

Meghan just really likes to do her own makeup, channeling her fierce independence in this way too. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Meghan Markle Reportedly Likes to Do Her Own Makeup," 3 Apr. 2019 My friends all seemed to drift blissfully into cohabitation, quickly mourn their independence, then break up in favor of couch-surfing. Karley Sciortino, Vogue, "Breathless: Is Living Together Worth the Risk?," 26 Mar. 2019 The dissolution occurred in a time of ethnic and political troubles, economic woes and a series of revolutions that led Soviet republics to seek their independence. Hope Yen, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims innocence in probe; wall myths," 7 Jan. 2019 These icons are designed to reflect how Office has changed recently, with new AI features, more collaborative features, and its platform independence for key apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft’s new Office icons are part of a bigger design overhaul," 29 Nov. 2018 Now the Ohio Republican, facing his first competitive general election, is touting his opposition to the GOP replacement health bill last year as a symbol of his independence from President Trump. Fox News, "Video from 2011 creates headaches for Sinema," 12 Oct. 2018 Panek created the Running Guides program in 2015 as a way to give athletes who are blind more freedom and independence. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Team of Guide Dogs Paced This Blind Runner to a History-Making Finish in the 2019 NYC Half Marathon," 20 Mar. 2019 Congo hasn’t witnessed a peaceful transfer of power since gaining independence from Belgium in the 1960s. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Congo Keeps Voters in the Dark About Election Results," 2 Jan. 2019 Croatia, a country of 4.5 million people which gained independence from the former Yugoslavia only 27 years ago, enters the final after playing three straight extra-time matches, including two nerve-racking penalty shootouts. Graham Dunbar, chicagotribune.com, "Mbappe's France face Croatia's Modric for the World Cup title," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of independence

Noun

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

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 How to pronounce independence (audio) \

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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