independent

adjective
in·​de·​pen·​dent | \ ˌin-də-ˈpen-dənt How to pronounce independent (audio) \

Definition of independent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not dependent: such as
a(1) : not subject to control by others : self-governing
(2) : not affiliated with a larger controlling unit an independent bookstore
b(1) : not requiring or relying on something else : not contingent an independent conclusion
(2) : not looking to others for one's opinions or for guidance in conduct
(3) : not bound by or committed to a political party
c(1) : not requiring or relying on others (as for care or livelihood) independent of her parents
(2) : being enough to free one from the necessity of working for a living a person of independent means
d : showing a desire for freedom an independent manner
e(1) : not determined by or capable of being deduced or derived from or expressed in terms of members (such as axioms or equations) of the set under consideration especially : having linear independence an independent set of vectors
(2) : having the property that the joint probability (as of events or samples) or the joint probability density function (as of random variables) equals the product of the probabilities or probability density functions of separate occurrence
2 capitalized : of or relating to the Independents
3a : main sense 5 an independent clause
b : neither deducible from nor incompatible with another statement independent postulates

independent

noun

Definition of independent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one that is independent especially, often capitalized : one that is not bound by or definitively committed to a political party
2 capitalized : a sectarian of an English religious movement for congregational autonomy originating in the late 16th century, giving rise to Congregationalists, Baptists, and Friends, and forming one of the major political groupings of the period of Cromwell

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Adjective

independently adverb

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Adjective

free, independent, sovereign, autonomous mean not subject to the rule or control of another. free stresses the complete absence of external rule and the full right to make all of one's own decisions. you're free to do as you like independent implies a standing alone; applied to a state it implies lack of connection with any other having power to interfere with its citizens, laws, or policies. the colony's struggle to become independent sovereign stresses the absence of a superior power and implies supremacy within a thing's own domain or sphere. separate and sovereign armed services autonomous stresses independence in matters pertaining to self-government. in this denomination each congregation is regarded as autonomous

Examples of independent in a Sentence

Adjective The country recently became independent. They have a good deal of independent authority. She has an independent income. Another laboratory has provided independent confirmation of the test results. She is a very independent person. She has an independent mind. They lead an independent life. Noun She registered to vote as an Independent.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As an independent candidate, I am not beholden to any special interests. Enquirer Editorial Board, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati mayoral candidate Herman Najoli: 'I am the unlikeliest of candidates'," 30 Apr. 2021 California’s independent commission doesn’t take partisanship into account, so its impact is unpredictable. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Speaker McCarthy? Republicans have edge as redistricting starts," 30 Apr. 2021 Attempts by Palestinian candidates to campaign in East Jerusalem were also blocked, according to election analysts, as were attempts by the Palestinian’s independent election commission to hold meetings in the neighborhoods. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Palestinians will postpone long-awaited elections in West Bank and Gaza," 29 Apr. 2021 And, despite rumors saying otherwise, the county did in fact do an in-depth independent audit of its voting machines that looked at whether the machines were connected to the internet, tampered with or malfunctioned. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, "Answers to your questions about the Arizona Senate's audit of 2020 election results in Maricopa County," 27 Apr. 2021 Republican legislative leaders will lead those efforts, despite requests from Democrats and good government advocates to implement an independent redistricting commission in an attempt to limit gerrymandering. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "Census data show Indiana's population grew — but not enough to gain a congressional seat," 27 Apr. 2021 California and Michigan have their districts determined by an independent commission. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Redistricting could complicate Democratic efforts to hold onto the House," 27 Apr. 2021 Most states leave that responsibility up to the legislatures, though more states are now handing the process off to an independent commission. Jack Brewster, Forbes, "Here’s Why Republicans Won The New Census Count—And Democrats Lost," 27 Apr. 2021 Henyard advanced from the primary to defeat independent candidate Ronnie Burge, the police chief in Dixmoor who was a former chief in Dolton. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, "Finance reports show more than $500,000 spent by campaigns before Southland elections," 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An entrepreneur made wealthy when General Motors acquired his company, Perot ran as an independent. Roger Dooley, Forbes, "One Simple Thing That Will Boost Your Credibility," 27 Apr. 2021 The American Accountability Foundation believes McReynolds is a Democrat, and her confirmation to the board as an independent could allow Democrats to fill a vacancy later with another Democrat, illegally stacking the board in their favor. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Conservative group says ‘independent’ postal board nominee is really a Democrat," 22 Apr. 2021 Not only that, for the first time a new American leader has risen to the office as an independent. Howard W. French, WSJ, "‘2034’ Review: Navigating a Disaster," 15 Apr. 2021 Carey, who also ran as an independent, landed in 10th place with 11,179 votes. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. icon Angelyne, former porn star Mary Carey ready to replace Newsom in recall," 13 Apr. 2021 Her brother, who is 28, had run in the local council election as an independent. New York Times, "‘Tell Us if He’s Dead’: Abductions and Torture Rattle Uganda," 11 Apr. 2021 Other contenders for the mayor's office include Sheila Nezhad, Kate Knuth and Phil Sturm, who are seeking the DFL endorsement, and Jerrell Perry, who is running as an independent. Alex Chhith, Star Tribune, "A.J. Awed joins race for Minneapolis mayor," 8 Apr. 2021 Alan Stevo, who was running as an independent, had 14%. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, "Blue Island mayor loses bid for third term to Ald. Fred Bilotto," 7 Apr. 2021 Chase threatened late last year to run as an independent if the party chose a convention, saying it would be rigged against her. Washington Post, "Unorthodox Republican contest for Virginia governor breeds confusion, suspicion," 4 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of independent

Adjective

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Independent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/independent. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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independent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of independent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not controlled or ruled by another country
: not controlled by other people
: not requiring or relying on other people for help or support

independent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of independent (Entry 2 of 2)

: someone or something that is not connected to others of the same kind
politics : a person who does not belong to a political party

independent

adjective
in·​de·​pen·​dent | \ ˌin-də-ˈpen-dənt How to pronounce independent (audio) \

Kids Definition of independent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not under the control or rule of another an independent country
2 : not connected with something else an independent bookstore
3 : not depending on anyone else for money to live on
4 : thinking freely : not looking to others for guidance an independent thinker

Other Words from independent

independently adverb

independent

noun

Kids Definition of independent (Entry 2 of 2)

: an independent person

independent

adjective
in·​de·​pen·​dent

Legal Definition of independent

1 : not dependent on others (as parents) for livelihood especially : not a dependent declared she was independent on her financial aid form
2a : not affiliated with another usually larger unit an independent adjuster
b : not contingent on something else an independent promise

Other Words from independent

independence noun
independently adverb

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