1. [ adjective ] free from external control and constraint

"an independent mind" "a series of independent judgments" "fiercely independent individualism" "an independent republic"

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. [ adjective ] not dependent on or conditioned by or relative to anything else
Related terms: absolute
3. [ adjective ] of political bodies
Synonyms: sovereign self-governing autonomous

"an autonomous judiciary" "a sovereign state"

Related terms: free
4. [ adjective ] not contingent
Related terms: unconditional
5. [ noun ] (politics) a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
Synonyms: fencesitter mugwump
Related terms: individualist politics
6. [ adjective ] (politics) not controlled by a party or interest group
Related terms: nonpartisan
7. [ adjective ] (grammar) of a clause; able to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence
Synonyms: main

"the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb"

Related terms: dependent grammar
8. [ noun ] (work) a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
Synonyms: self-employed_person freelance
Related terms: worker
Similar spelling:   independently