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Definition of independence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1independence (from somebody/something) (of a country) freedom from political control by other countries Cuba gained independence from Spain in 1898.
  2. 2the time when a country gains freedom from political control by another country independence celebrations the first elections since independence
  3. 3the freedom to organize your own life, make your own decisions, etc. without needing help from other people He values his independence. a woman's financial independence opposite dependence