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

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 And in Lauzen’s most recent report about women in independent films, the percentages of women working in all behind-the-scenes roles were at their highest levels ever. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2021 Both the legislative redistricting committee and the independent commission for redistricting are accepting public submissions via their respective websites. Shane Burke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Sep. 2021 The poll showed Texans preferred an independent commission to draw the maps, a polarizing process that typically leads to court battles. Sami Sparber, Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2021 Director Jun Li, 30, said the new censorship rules solidified his decision to pursue independent art films rather than commercial projects. Alice Su, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 While the actor has starred in several blockbuster hits, Cage has gravitated to more eclectic parts in independent films in recent years. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, 16 Sep. 2021 The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Alexander Coolidge, The Enquirer, 10 Sep. 2021 Voters approved constitutional amendments in 2015 and 2018 that created a new process for drawing both state legislative and congressional district maps this year and set up the independent commission. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 Some lawmakers have called for an independent commission on Afghanistan. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Huskies, in their first season as an independent after leaving the American Athletic Conference, are 0-2 this season, losing their opener 45-0 at Fresno State before falling Saturday at home, 38-28, to Holy Cross, an FCS opponent. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2021 The school is committed, buildings built, money spent, contracts signed, to make its way as an independent. Dom Amore, courant.com, 5 Sep. 2021 While football plays as an independent, the remainder of BYU’s sports are in the West Coast Conference. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Sep. 2021 The Aggies went 3-9 in 2018 and 2-10 in 2019 during their first two seasons as an independent. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2021 The Galvez, which had been a Wyndham property until January, is operating as an independent until Wyant upgrades the hotel to Marriott Autograph Collection’s high-end standards. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, 29 Aug. 2021 The mayoral candidate is running against incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan and eight other contenders in the Aug. 3 primary election as an independent. Janelle James, Detroit Free Press, 1 Aug. 2021 Stephanie Johnson, 68, who lives in Dallas and views herself as a Republican on some issues and an independent on others, said the partisan fights over voting restrictions like those under consideration in Texas are confusing. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 And viruses and public health don't know the difference between a Democrat, a Republican or an independent. ABC News, 11 July 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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The first known use of independent was in 1611

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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
: 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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