independence

[ in-di-pen-duhns ]
/ ˌɪn dɪˈpɛn dəns /

noun

Also independency. the state or quality of being independent.
freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.
Archaic. a competency.

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Origin of independence

First recorded in 1630–40; independ(ent) + -ence

synonym study for independence

1. See freedom.

OTHER WORDS FROM independence

in·ter·in·de·pend·ence, nounpost·in·de·pend·ence, adjectivepre·in·de·pend·ence, nounsu·per·in·de·pend·ence, noun

Definition for independence (2 of 2)

Independence
[ in-di-pen-duhns ]
/ ˌɪn dɪˈpɛn dəns /

noun

a city in W Missouri: starting point of the Santa Fe and Oregon trails.
a town in SE Kansas.
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British Dictionary definitions for independence (1 of 2)

independence
/ (ˌɪndɪˈpɛndəns) /

noun

the state or quality of being independentAlso called: independency

British Dictionary definitions for independence (2 of 2)

Independence
/ (ˌɪndɪˈpɛndəns) /

noun

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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for independence

Independence

City in western Missouri.

notes for Independence

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