[sem-ee-in-di-pen-duh nt]


(of a political entity) having substantial self-government in regard to local matters but subordinate in such external matters as foreign policy; semiautonomous.

Origin of semi-independent

First recorded in 1855–60
Related formssem·i-in·de·pend·ent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of semi-independent

  • Instead, Scroppo said, “I based the [categorization of] semi-independent status on the test that I administered to him.”

  • Each was run as a semi-independent entity, preserving stylistic and technological independence.

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    Stephen Miller

    May 31, 2009

Historical Examples of semi-independent

  • 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