Synonyms and Antonyms of independent

  1. 1 able to take care of oneself or itself without outside help an independent young man who moved out of his parents' house while still a college student Synonyms self-sufficient, self-dependent, self-reliant, self-subsistent, self-subsisting, self-supported, self-supporting, self-sustained, self-sustainingRelated Words autonomous, free, self-determining; potent, powerful, resilient, strongNear Antonyms helpless, inadequate, incompetent, insufficient; impotent, weakAntonyms dependent, reliant

  2. 2 not being under the rule or control of another finally they are an independent people, after centuries of domination by their more powerful neighbors Synonyms autonomous, freestanding, free, self-governed, self-governing, self-ruling, separate, sovereign (also sovran)Related Words freeborn; delivered, emancipated, freed, liberated, manumitted, redeemed, released; unconquered, unruled, unsupervised; empowered, enfranchised; democratic, republicanNear Antonyms bound, captive, conquered, enslaved, fettered, subdued, subjugated; inferior, subordinate, subservientAntonyms dependent, nonautonomous, non-self-governing, subject, unfree

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