AskDefine | Define independent

Dictionary Definition

independent adj
1 free from external control and constraint; "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"; "an independent republic" [ant: dependent]
2 not dependent on or conditioned by or relative to anything else
3 of political bodies; "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state" [syn: autonomous, self-governing, sovereign]
4 not contingent
5 of a clause; able to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; "the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb" [syn: main(a)] [ant: dependent]
6 not controlled by a party or interest group

Noun

1 a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics) [syn: mugwump, fencesitter]
2 a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them [syn: freelance, self-employed person]

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English

Etymology

From Latin independens, present participle from prefix in-, not, plus dependens, dependent or literally hanging from, from verb dependere, depend, hang from, from prefix de-, from or concerning, plus pendere, hang

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. not dependent; not contingent or depending on something else; free

Synonyms

Translations

not dependent; not contingent or depending on something else; free

Noun

  1. A candidate or voter not affiliated with any political party, a free thinker, free of a party platform.
  2. A neutral or uncommitted person.

Extensive Definition

Independent may refer to: In mathematics:
Media, music, and art
independent in German: Independence
independent in French: Independent
independent in Japanese: インディペンデント
independent in Polish: Independent
independent in Swedish: Independent

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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