- 1 independent (from/of something) (of countries) having their own government Mozambique became independent in 1975. separate
- 2 done or given by someone who is not involved in a situation and so is able to judge it fairly an independent investigation/witness She went to a lawyer for some independent advice.
- 3 independent (of somebody/something) not connected with or influenced by something; not connected with each other The police force should be independent of direct government control. Two independent research bodies reached the same conclusions. organization
- 4 not supported by public money or a large organization an independent bookstore/movie person
- 5 independent (of somebody/something) confident and free to do things without needing help from other people Going away to college has made me much more independent. She's a very independent-minded young woman. Students should aim to become more independent of their teachers. opposite dependent
- 6independent (of somebody/something) having or earning enough money so that you do not have to rely on someone else for help It was important to me to be financially independent of my parents. a man of independent means (= with an income that he does not earn by working) opposite dependent politician
- 7not representing or belonging to a particular political party an independent candidate
- adverb independently (of somebody/something) The two departments work independently of each other. It was the first time that she had lived independently. Students should be able to work independently.
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