(of a political entity) having substantial self-government in regard to local matters but subordinate in such external matters as foreign policy; semiautonomous.
- sem·i-in·de·pend·ent·ly, adverb
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How to use semi-independent in a sentence
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.
However, the semi-independent princes of Piedmont deposed him, and caused him to be put to death.Rule of the Monk | Giuseppe Garibaldi
After some weeks of this semi-independent life he finally disappeared, having, as I believe, met his end in Kensington Gardens.Birds in London | W. H. Hudson
The Cholulans were of Nahuatl origin and were semi-independent, yielding only a nominal allegiance to Montezuma.
On the north-east frontier, as on the north-west, semi-independent tribes extend across the frontier into independent country.
A similar change came about in Flanders, where the semi-independent towns came under the control of the dukes of Burgundy.An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England | Edward Potts Cheyney