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[sem-ee-in-di-pen-duh nt]
  1. (of a political entity) having substantial self-government in regard to local matters but subordinate in such external matters as foreign policy; semiautonomous.
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Origin of semi-independent

First recorded in 1855–60
Related formssem·i-in·de·pend·ent·ly, adverb
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  • I remember in 1887 that I went up into a semi-independent state to see the prince.

  • Baffled in this, he returned to his semi-independent conspiracy at home.

  • The town was ruled by a semi-independent Kurdish bey as late as 1836.

  • Thus this professed enemy of republican principles became the head of a semi-independent little republic.

    Give Me Liberty

    Thomas J. Wertenbaker

  • They wanted a consolidated empire, ruled from London, rather than a loose federation of semi-independent states.

    Give Me Liberty

    Thomas J. Wertenbaker