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independent

adjective

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 of independent self-sufficient, self-dependent, self-reliant, self-subsistent, self-subsisting, self-supported, self-supporting, self-sustained, self-sustainingWords Related to independent autonomous, free, self-determining; potent, powerful, resilient, strongNear Antonyms of independent helpless, inadequate, incompetent, insufficient; impotent, weakAntonyms of independent 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 of independent autonomous, freestanding, free, self-governed, self-governing, self-ruling, separate, sovereign (also sovran)Words Related to independent freeborn; delivered, emancipated, freed, liberated, manumitted, redeemed, released; unconquered, unruled, unsupervised; empowered, enfranchised; democratic, republicanNear Antonyms of independent bound, captive, conquered, enslaved, fettered, subdued, subjugated; inferior, subordinate, subservientAntonyms of independent dependent, nonautonomous, non-self-governing, subject, unfree

Synonym Discussion of independent

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


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