independence

noun
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 2

Independence

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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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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Although reminiscent of the Cold War, these launches will be a declaration of independence from the Soyuz capsule. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019 Let this agenda be New York’s declaration of independence. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Cuomo Lays Out His Third-Term Priorities," 17 Dec. 2018 There are those struggling to eke out a bare existence in a barren land who have never heard of free enterprise, but who cherish the idea of independence. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "‘Awe-inspiring’: Listen to Sen. John F. Kennedy read the Declaration of Independence," 4 July 2018 Manchin is a throwback to an earlier era of American politics Manchin pulled this off by establishing a brand of political independence. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Joe Manchin reelected in West Virginia: the most conservative Senate Democrat survives," 7 Nov. 2018 It is sometimes said that Croatia’s war of independence kicked off in May 1990 when fans from Zagreb and Belgrade clashed at Zagreb’s Maksimir stadium. The Economist, "Croatia stands on the cusp of World Cup victory," 13 July 2018 That prospect set off a wave of anger from those who considered Brexit a ringing declaration of independence from the bureaucracy in Brussels. Laura King, latimes.com, "British Prime Minister May's government appears in turmoil amid resignations tied to Brexit," 9 July 2018 Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy, and launch a war of independence against the people on Earth. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Gundam' Live-Action Movie in the Works at Legendary," 5 July 2018 Rodriguez said adaptive sports have given her more confidence, self-esteem and a sense of independence. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Elite adaptive surfers offer an ocean of possibilities," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of independence

Noun

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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