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 1


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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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.
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One of the more obvious is a big milestone celebrated this week from Darlington and Havre de Grace to Joppatowne and Kingsville to Bel Air – the Fourth of July, more accurately our nation’s independence. The Aegis, "Our next generation [Editorial]," 6 July 2018 Croatia's pro-independence nationalist leader Franjo Tudjman, a big football fan, had been elected president of what was still the Yugoslav republic only three days earlier. Lajla Veselica And Nicolas Gaudichet,, "Croatia's World Cup quarterfinals run revives national pride," 5 July 2018 Girona is a strong seat of the Catalan independence movement, and Catalan, not Spanish, is the lingua franca of the festival. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Clownia: Global Bands Come Together in Catalonia for a Summer Feel-Better Festival," 5 July 2018 Understand the rate plans Some solar companies might advertise energy independence as a reason to install solar panels, but the vast majority of people who install solar are still connected to the utility grid. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Should you install solar on your home? 10 key considerations," 4 July 2018 Chance the Rapper is celebrating more than just the country’s independence this Fourth of July! The rapper, 25, proposed to longtime girlfriend Kirsten Corley during a backyard party in front of several of their friends and family on Wednesday. Alexia Fernandez,, "Chance the Rapper Is Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Kirsten Corley — Watch His Backyard Proposal," 4 July 2018 Alcohol-free, family-friendly celebration established with goal of helping to strengthen community while providing safe and fun place to honor nation’s independence. Jeanne Houck,, "Independence Day: A blast in the 'burbs," 26 June 2018 Eight ministers in the post-independence cabinet in 1963 were Alliance old boys. The Economist, "Elite private schools are booming in Kenya," 21 June 2018 There is a strong pro-independence sentiment within Taiwan's current ruling party led by Tsai, prompting Beijing to harden its stance and stress its long-standing promise to retake the island by force if necessary. Steven Jiang, CNN, "Washington opens de facto embassy in Taiwan, angering China," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of independence


1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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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

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