- not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself: an independent thinker.
- not subject to another's authority or jurisdiction; autonomous; free: an independent businessman.
- not influenced by the thought or action of others: independent research.
- not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc.
- not relying on another or others for aid or support.
- rejecting others' aid or support; refusing to be under obligation to others.
- possessing a competency: to be financially independent.
- sufficient to support a person without his having to work: an independent income.
- executed or originating outside a given unit, agency, business, etc.; external: an independent inquiry.
- working for oneself or for a small, privately owned business.
- expressive of a spirit of independence; self-confident; unconstrained: a free and independent citizen.
- free from party commitments in voting: the independent voter.
- Mathematics. (of a quantity or function) not depending upon another for its value.
- Grammar. capable of standing syntactically as a complete sentence: an independent clause.Compare dependent(def 4), main1(def 4).
- (of a set of propositions) having no one proposition deducible from the others.
- (of a proposition) belonging to such a set.
- Statistics. statistically independent.
- (initial capital letter) Ecclesiastical. of or relating to the Independents.
- an independent person or thing.
- a small, privately owned business: The conglomerates are buying up the independents.
- Politics. a person who votes for candidates, measures, etc., in accordance with his or her own judgment and without regard to the endorsement of, or the positions taken by, any party.
- (initial capital letter) Ecclesiastical. an adherent of Independency.
- British. a Congregationalist.
- independent of, irrespective of; regardless of: Independent of monetary considerations, it was a promising position.
Origin of independent
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This is a job for independent committees, like Bowles-Simpson, not a partisan slugfest.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
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To be indifferent to it, or independent of it, was out of the question.
In no such spirit has it developed its full and independent sovereignty.
Under the eternal urge of freedom we became an independent Nation.
I'm forty-four, independent, free, a slave to no man nor monkey.
In his very first independent play he answered the scorners with scorn.The Man Shakespeare
- free from control in action, judgment, etc; autonomous
- not dependent on anything else for function, validity, etc; separatetwo independent units make up this sofa
- not reliant on the support, esp financial support, of others
- capable of acting for oneself or on one's owna very independent little girl
- providing a large unearned sum towards one's support (esp in the phrases independent income, independent means)
- living on an unearned income
- maths (of a system of equations) not linearly dependentSee also independent variable
- (of two or more variables) distributed so that the value taken by one variable will have no effect on that taken by another or others
- (of two or more events) such that the probability of all occurring equals the product of their individual probabilitiesCompare statistical dependence
- logic (of a set of propositions)
- not validly derivable from one another, so that if the propositions are the axioms of some theory none can be dispensed with
- not logically related, so that in no case can the truth value of one be inferred from those of the others
- an independent person or thing
- a person who is not affiliated to or who acts independently of a political party
- (in England) a member of the Congregational Church
- of or relating to Independency
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Word Origin and History for independent
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