Definition of independent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɪndɪˈpendənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪndɪˈpendənt//
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(abbreviation Ind.) a member of parliament, candidate, etc. who does not belong to a particular political party She's standing as an independent at the next election. See related entries: Parliament Word Origin early 17th cent. (as an adjective): partly on the pattern of French indépendant.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: independent