independent

[in-di-pen-duh nt]

adjective

noun


Idioms

    independent of, irrespective of; regardless of: Independent of monetary considerations, it was a promising position.

Origin of independent

First recorded in 1605–15; in-3 + dependent
Related formsin·de·pend·ent·ly, adverbnon·in·de·pend·ent, adjectivenon·in·de·pend·ent·ly, adverbpre·in·de·pend·ent, adjectivepre·in·de·pend·ent·ly, adverbpseu·do·in·de·pend·ent, adjectivepseu·do·in·de·pend·ent·ly, adverbqua·si-in·de·pend·ent, adjectivequa·si-in·de·pend·ent·ly, adverbsu·per·in·de·pend·ent, adjectivesu·per·in·de·pend·ent·ly, adverb
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independent

adjective

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
statistics
  1. (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
  2. (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)
  1. not validly derivable from one another, so that if the propositions are the axioms of some theory none can be dispensed with
  2. not logically related, so that in no case can the truth value of one be inferred from those of the others

noun

an independent person or thing
a person who is not affiliated to or who acts independently of a political party
Derived Formsindependently, adverb

Independent

noun

(in England) a member of the Congregational Church

adjective

of or relating to Independency
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Word Origin and History for independent
adj.

1610s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + dependent. French independant is attested from c.1600; Italian independente from 1590s. Noun meaning "person not acting as part of a political party" is from 1808. Related: Independently.

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