independent meaning

[ indi'pendənt ] Pronunciation:   "independent" in a sentence
Adjective: independent  `indi'pendunt
  1. Free from external control and constraint
    "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism" 
  2. (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces
    - autonomous, self-governing, sovereign 
  3. (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence
    "the independent clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb"
    - main 
  4. Not controlled by a party or interest group
Noun: independent  `indi'pendunt
  1. A neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
    - mugwump [N. Amer], fencesitter 
  2. A writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
    - freelancer, freelance, free-lance, free lance, self-employed person

Derived forms: independents

See also: autarkic, autarkical, autonomous, breakaway, case-by-case, commutative, fissiparous, free, free-living, independence, independency, independently, indie, individual, item-by-item, nonparasitic, nonpartisan, nonpartizan, nonsymbiotic, self-directed, self-reliant, self-sufficient, self-sufficing, self-supporting, self-sustaining, separate, separatist, single-handed, strong-minded, unaffiliated, unconditional

Type of: individualist, worker

Antonym: dependent

Encyclopedia: Independent Independent, Neutral, Turkmenistan State Anthem Independent, identically distributed

adjective, noun



not part of a larger company or group of companies:

small independent retailers

an independent bookstore

It is not clear if the company will survive as an independent business.


not connected with or controlled by sb/sth; not connected with each other:

The marketing team is independent of the sales department.

Two independent reports reached the same conclusions.

a review by independent auditors

They recommend that half the company's directors be completely independent

(= not employees of the company).


done or given by sb who is not involved in a situation and so is able to judge it fairly:

You should seek independent legal advice.

an independent inquiry


supported by private money rather than government money:

independent television/schools

the independent sector

independently adverb:

a small independently owned airline

The two departments work independently of each other.

Each branch is capable of operating independently.

noun [C]

a business that is not connected with a larger company or group of companies:

The group has been buying up smaller independents and converting them into brands.

(*) A merchant ship under naval control sailed singly and unescorted by a warship.
See also military independent.


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  1. i have 17 independent milk-producing units.
  2. they are a proud and independent people.
  3. he is very far from being independent.
  4. berenson's whimsical and very independent.
  5. he was independent of the opinion of his fellows.

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