Definition of independant
1. independent [ a ] free from external control and constraint
Examples: "an independent mind" "a series of independent judgments" "fiercely independent individualism" "an independent republic"
(James Boylan, "Mutinity"...)
Philip_Staffe , the ship 's carpenter , was a good worker , but perversely independent .
(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)
For this reason , he appears as an independent and self-reliant figure , whose rugged individualism need not be pressed into the mold of a 9 to 5 routine .
Operating as a one_man police_force in fact if not in_name , he is at_once more independent and more dedicated than the police themselves .
(U.S. Reports. Volume 366. Cases Adjudged in the...)
The Fisher_Body division , long controlled by the Fisher brothers under a voting_trust even though General_Motors owned a majority of its stock , followed an independent course for many years , but by 1947 and 1948 `` resistance had collapsed '' and its purchases from du_Pont `` compared favorably '' with purchases by other General_Motors divisions .
(Jesse W. Grimes and Wesley Allinsmith, "Compuls...)
School_principals and guidance workers made ratings of the various neighborhoods and the research team made independent observations of houses and dwelling areas .Synonyms independent Related Terms dependent individual self-sufficient on_one's_own autonomous indie breakaway autarkic self-supporting single-handed commutative strong-minded unaffiliated free-living free-living unconditional autonomous free separate independence
2. independent [ a ] not dependent on or conditioned by or relative to anything elseUsed in print:
(1961 Research Highlights of the National Bureau of...)
The accuracy of measuring the total electrical energy entering an exploding wire during a_few microseconds was verified when two independent types of comparison with the heat_energy produced had an uncertainty of less_than 2 percent .Synonyms independent Related Terms absolute
3. independent [ a ] of political bodies
Examples: "an autonomous judiciary" "a sovereign state"
(Peter J. White, "Report on Laos"...)
To many_a Frenchman - they came 95 years ago , colonized , and stayed until Laos became independent in 1953 - the land had been even more delightfully tranquil than Tahiti .Synonyms sovereign independent self-governing autonomous Related Terms free
4. independent [ a ] not contingentUsed in print:
(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)
We have ample light when the sun sets ; the temperature of our homes is independent of the seasons ; we fly through the air , although gravity pulls us down ; the range of our voice ignores distance .Synonyms independent Related Terms unconditional
5. independent [ n ] a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)Synonyms independent fencesitter mugwump Related Terms individualist politics
6. independent [ a ] not controlled by a party or interest groupSynonyms independent Related Terms nonpartisan
7. independent [ a ] (grammar) of a clause; able to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence
Examples: "the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb"
8. independent [ n ] a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of themSynonyms independent self-employed_person freelance Related Terms worker