Definition of "independent" []

  • Not governed by a foreign power; self-governing. (adjective)
  • Free from the influence, guidance, or control of another or others; self-reliant: an independent mind. (adjective)
  • Not determined or influenced by someone or something else; not contingent: a decision independent of the outcome of the study. (adjective)
  • Affiliated with or loyal to no one political party or organization. (adjective)
  • Not dependent on or affiliated with a larger or controlling entity: an independent food store; an independent film. (adjective)
  • Free from control in action, judgment, etc; autonomous (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Not dependent on anything else for function, validity, etc; separate (adjective)
  • Not reliant on the support, esp financial support, of others (adjective)
  • Capable of acting for oneself or on one's own (adjective)
  • Providing a large unearned sum towards one's support (esp in the phrases independent income, independent means) (adjective)
  • Living on an unearned income (adjective)
  • (of a system of equations) not linearly dependent (adjective)
  • (of two or more variables) distributed so that the value taken by one variable will have no effect on that taken by another or others (adjective)
  • (of two or more events) such that the probability of all occurring equals the product of their individual probabilities (adjective)
  • Not validly derivable from one another, so that if the propositions are the axioms of some theory none can be dispensed with (adjective)
  • Not logically related, so that in no case can the truth value of one be inferred from those of the others (adjective)
  • An independent person or thing (noun)
  • A person who is not affiliated to or who acts independently of a political party (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "independent" in a sentence
  • "The term 'independent journalist' here usually refers to reporters for a news source other than those owned by the state or political parties, though this does not necessarily mean they are free of outside interests."
  • "A Money & Investing article on Wednesday mistakenly used the word independent instead of initial."
  • "Canada will remain independent from the United States to the extent it will be able to develop its inner resources in men, in ideas and in ideals."