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

Federal lawmakers, local officials and others have voiced concerns that Trump could alter the tone of what traditionally is a nonpartisan celebration of America’s independence from the British by delivering a political speech. Darlene Superville, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says tanks will be part of his July Fourth celebration," 2 July 2019 The festival that began in 1982 features hundreds of activities to celebrate American independence, honor Boston’s colonial roots and showcase the city’s harbor. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 Federal lawmakers, local officials and others have voiced concerns that Trump could alter the tone of what traditionally is a nonpartisan celebration of America’s independence from the British by delivering a political speech. Darlene Superville, The Denver Post, "Trump says U.S. tanks will be part of July Fourth celebration in D.C.," 1 July 2019 Your guy might simply be enjoying the privacy and independence of keeping this relationship private. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: New mom tired of changing diapers and cleaning up after Gramps," 30 June 2019 There is an uncertain future of (likely) conference independence and a complicated state of existence for UConn football. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: How Randy Edsall’s legacy could be cemented or simplified by UConn’s move to the Big East," 30 June 2019 Your guy might simply be enjoying the privacy and independence of keeping this relationship private. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Mom doesn’t want to clean up after 2 humans," 30 June 2019 Mexican independence in 1821 took San Diego in a different direction. Roger Showley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "250 years of San Diego," 30 June 2019 Amin’s aggressive populism Idi Amin came to power in 1971 after overthrowing the government of Milton Obote, the president who had presided over Uganda’s independence from British colonial rule. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019

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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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