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independence

[in-di-pen-duh ns]
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noun
  1. Also independency. the state or quality of being independent.
  2. freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.
  3. Archaic. a competency.
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Origin of independence

First recorded in 1630–40; independ(ent) + -ence
Related formsin·ter·in·de·pend·ence, nounpost·in·de·pend·ence, adjectivepre·in·de·pend·ence, nounsu·per·in·de·pend·ence, noun

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1. See freedom.

Independence

[in-di-pen-duh ns]
noun
  1. a city in W Missouri: starting point of the Santa Fe and Oregon trails.
  2. a town in SE Kansas.
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Related Words

autonomyabilityself-determinationself-sufficiencyself-relianceseparationsovereigntyself-governmentself-ruleaptitudeautarchyqualificationlicense

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British Dictionary definitions for independence

independence

noun
  1. the state or quality of being independentAlso called: independency
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Independence

noun
  1. a city in W Missouri, near Kansas City: starting point for the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California Trails (1831–44). Pop: 112 079 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for independence

n.

1630s; see independent + -ence. Earlier in same sense was independency (1610s). U.S. Independence Day (July 4) recorded under that name by 1791. An Old English word for it was selfdom, with dom "law."

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independence in Culture

Independence

City in western Missouri.

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Note

Beginning of the Santa Fe Trail, used by settlers moving west.
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