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 their 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.
(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. adhering or relating to Independency.
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 their 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.
Idioms about independent
independent of, irrespective of; regardless of: Independent of monetary considerations, it was a promising position.
- in·de·pend·ent·ly, adverb
- non·in·de·pend·ent, adjective
- non·in·de·pend·ent·ly, adverb
- pre·in·de·pend·ent, adjective
- pre·in·de·pend·ent·ly, adverb
- pseu·do·in·de·pend·ent, adjective
- pseu·do·in·de·pend·ent·ly, adverb
- qua·si-in·de·pend·ent, adjective
- qua·si-in·de·pend·ent·ly, adverb
- su·per·in·de·pend·ent, adjective
- su·per·in·de·pend·ent·ly, adverb
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How to use independent in a sentence
That same month, Group Nine Media, which itself is a conglomeration of once-independent digital media brands, bought the entertainment site PopSugar.Ezra Klein leaves Vox, the website he founded, for New York Times, in a digital media A-list exodus | Paul Farhi, Sarah Ellison | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
It's also served as a moment of transition for high-profile journalists to leave newsrooms to launch their own, independent brands.
There is a lot of media consolidation going on right now, which independent media consultant Brad Adgate said could put Quartz at the disadvantage of not having the resources a larger media company on which to lean as it revamps.‘A start-up again’: New Quartz owner Zach Seward’s plan for longevity includes revenue innovation and reader support | Kayleigh Barber | November 20, 2020 | Digiday
Though he is a very intelligent and independent person, I think they are rubbing off on him in certain ways.Carolyn Hax: The 10-year plan is his brainchild. Her 5-year plan is a child child. | Carolyn Hax | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
The university placed Philbert on leave and launched the independent investigation.University of Michigan reaches settlement with women who reported sexual harassment by former provost | Susan Svrluga | November 18, 2020 | Washington Post
The claims of either side have not been independently verified.
Where and how he was killed wasn't disclosed by the YPG, nor could the information be confirmed independently.Kobani Still Stands Against ISIS and All Odds. But for How Long? | Jamie Dettmer | October 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He likes that he isn't behoven to lobbyists and backers, that he can say what he says independently.
A “caffeine nap,” or a quick cup of something caffeinated followed by a nap, outperforms both a nap or caffeine independently.
They gave us no other choice but to seek out revenue independently from Baghdad.
The friars had power of absolution, independently of the bishop; and it was a bitter grievance.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
In any case, independently of its legislative function, the Philippine Assembly will be a useful channel for free speech.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Adam at first had not a right, independently of the sovereign gift of God, to come into existence in a state of acceptance.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
Seeds of plants incased in their often dense envelopes may, because they float, be independently carried great distances.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
Most likely Chaucer wrote independently of this French poem, as even M. Sandras seems inclined to admit.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
British Dictionary definitions for independent (1 of 2)
free from control in action, judgment, etc; autonomous
not dependent on anything else for function, validity, etc; separate: two 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 own: a 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 dependent: See 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 probabilities: Compare 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
- independently, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for Independent (2 of 2)
(in England) a member of the Congregational Church
of or relating to Independency
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