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Definition of independent
1free from outside control; not subject to another’s authority:an independent nuclear deterrent the study is totally independent of central government (of a country) self-governing:India became independent in 1947 not belonging to or supported by a political party:the independent candidate (of broadcasting, a school, etc.) not supported by public funds: an independent girls' school independent television (Independent) historical Congregational. 2not depending on another for livelihood or subsistence:I wanted to remain independent in old age (of income or resources) making it unnecessary to earn one’s living:a woman of independent means 3capable of thinking or acting for oneself:advice for independent travellers not influenced by others; impartial:a thorough and independent investigation of the case 4not connected with another or with each other; separate:treating each factory as an independent unit of production the legislature and the judicature are independent of one another not depending on something else for strength or effectiveness; free-standing:an independent electric shower Mathematics (of one of a set of axioms, equations, or quantities) incapable of being expressed in terms of, or derived or deduced from, the others.
an independent person or body: one of the few independents left in the music business an independent political candidate: he stood unsuccessfully as an independent in 1992 (Independent) historical a Congregationalist.