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Adjective: independent  ,in-di'pen-dunt
  1. Free from external control and constraint
    "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"
     
  2. (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces
    "an independent judiciary";
    - autonomous, self-governing, sovereign
     
  3. (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence
    "the independent clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb";
    - main
     
  4. Not controlled by a party or interest group
Noun: independent  ,in-di'pen-dunt
  1. A neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
    - mugwump [N. Amer], fencesitter
     
  2. A writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
    - freelancer, freelance, free-lance, free lance, self-employed person

Derived forms: independents

See also: autarkic, autarkical, autonomous, breakaway, case-by-case, commutative, fissiparous, free, free-living, independence, independency, indie, individual, item-by-item, nonparasitic, nonpartisan, nonpartizan, nonsymbiotic, self-directed, self-reliant, self-sufficient, self-sufficing, self-supporting, self-sustaining, separate, separatist, single-handed, strong-minded, unaffiliated, unconditional

Type of: individualist, worker

Antonym: dependent

Encyclopedia: Independent, identically distributed