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Definition of independence

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

Examples of independence in a Sentence

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Moldova, which remains militarily neutral, split from the Soviet Union and gained independence in 1991. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, 25 July 2022 And her superhero history goes back to 1947, when India gained independence from British rule and the Partition divided the area into Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-majority India, causing one of the greatest migrations ever. Wired, 20 July 2022 Fadima has gained financial independence, the opportunity for education, and new professional skills, which is our goal for every young person. Myagro, Forbes, 15 July 2022 For six months now, Sri Lanka’s economic crisis — its worst since the country gained independence from Britain in 1948 — has worsened with each passing day. Kris Thomas, NBC News, 13 July 2022 Just as African colonies gained independence by separating their personal rights from their colonialists’ sphere of influence, so must the sonnets. WSJ, 5 July 2022 The family has been a political presence in Sri Lanka for much of the seven decades since the country gained independence from Britain. New York Times, 29 May 2022 Chicago and Kyiv have been Sister Cities since 1991, when Ukraine gained its independence. Angie Leventis Lourgos, Chicago Tribune, 29 May 2022 Tensions between Indian Hindus and Muslims have been flashpoints for decades, even before the British left in 1947 and the country gained independence. Akanksha Singh And Roshan Abbas, CNN, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of independence

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Independence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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

Independence geographical name

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Definition of Independence

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

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