independent

[ in-di-pen-duh nt ]
/ ˌɪn dɪˈpɛn dənt /

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 forms
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British Dictionary definitions for independent (1 of 2)

independent

/ (ˌɪndɪˈpɛndənt) /

adjective

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for independent (2 of 2)

Independent

/ (ˌɪndɪˈpɛndənt) /

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

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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