- 1 independent (from/of something) (of countries) having their own government synonym self-governing Mozambique became independent in 1975. separate
- 2 done or given by somebody who is not involved in a situation and so is able to judge it fairly an independent inquiry/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 supported by private money rather than government money independent television/schools the independent sector 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 See related entries: Confident
- 6 independent (of somebody/something) having or earning enough money so that you do not have to rely on somebody 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
- 7 not representing or belonging to a particular political party an independent candidate See related entries: Parliament Word Origin early 17th cent. (as an adjective): partly on the pattern of French indépendant.Extra examples Her travels in Asia have made her a lot more independent. His company is a target for takeovers, but plans to stay independent. His system rests upon two logically independent arguments. In 1961 the country was declared independent. Many disabled people are fiercely independent. Many local clans remain relatively independent. The country became fully independent from France in 1960. The country has pursued an effectively independent line on military issues. They are two separate, mutually independent entities. This figure is essentially independent of population size. an organization that is independent of the government newly independent countries It was important to me to be financially independent. The Institute will quickly become a fully independent unit. The auditing of a company’s accounts is done by independent accountants.