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English adjective: independent

1. independent free from external control and constraint

SamplesAn independent mind.
A series of independent judgments.
Fiercely independent individualism.

Similarautarkic, autarkical, autonomous, autonomous, breakaway, case-by-case, commutative, fissiparous, free-living, indie, individual, item-by-item, nonparasitic, nonsymbiotic, self-directed, self-reliant, self-sufficient, self-sufficing, self-supporting, self-sustaining, separatist, single-handed, strong-minded, unaffiliated, unconditional

See alsofree, separate

Attributeindependence, independency


2. independent (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces

SamplesAn autonomous judiciary.
A sovereign state.

Synonymsautonomous, self-governing, sovereign



3. independent (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence

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


Domain categorygrammar

Antonymsdependent, subordinate

4. independent not controlled by a party or interest group

Similarnonpartisan, nonpartizan

Antonymspartisan, partizan

English noun: independent

1. independent (person) a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)

Synonymsfencesitter, mugwump

Broader (hypernym)individualist

Domain categorygovernment, political science, politics

2. independent (person) a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them

Synonymsfree lance, free-lance, freelance, freelancer, self-employed person

Broader (hypernym)worker

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