[in-di-pen-duh ns]


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

Nearby words

  1. indented,
  2. indention,
  3. indenture,
  4. indentured,
  5. indentured servant,
  6. independence day,
  7. independence hall,
  8. independence of path,
  9. independence, declaration of,
  10. independency

Origin of independence

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

SYNONYMS FOR independence
1. See freedom.

Related formsin·ter·in·de·pend·ence, nounpost·in·de·pend·ence, adjectivepre·in·de·pend·ence, nounsu·per·in·de·pend·ence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for inter-independence



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)



the state or quality of being independentAlso called: independency
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Word Origin and History for inter-independence



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for inter-independence


City in western Missouri.


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

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