Definition of Independent

1. Noun. A neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics).

Exact synonyms: Fencesitter, Mugwump
Category relationships: Government, Political Science, Politics
Generic synonyms: Individualist

2. Adjective. Free from external control and constraint. "Fiercely independent individualism"

3. Noun. A writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them.

4. Adjective. (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces. "A sovereign state"
Exact synonyms: Autonomous, Self-governing, Sovereign
Similar to: Free
Derivative terms: Autonomy, Independence

5. Adjective. (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence. "The main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb"
Exact synonyms: Main
Category relationships: Grammar
Antonyms: Dependent

6. Adjective. Not controlled by a party or interest group.
Similar to: Nonpartisan, Nonpartizan
Derivative terms: Independence

Definition of Independent

1. a. Not dependent; free; not subject to control by others; not relying on others; not subordinate; as, few men are wholly independent.

2. n. One who believes that an organized Christian church is complete in itself, competent to self- government, and independent of all ecclesiastical authority.

Definition of Independent

1. Adjective. not dependent; not contingent or depending on something else; free ¹

2. Adjective. (politics) not affiliated with any political party ¹

3. Noun. A candidate or voter not affiliated with any political party, a free thinker, free of a party platform. ¹

4. Noun. A neutral or uncommitted person. ¹

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Definition of Independent

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Medical Definition of Independent

1. 1. One who believes that an organised Christian church is complete in itself, competent to self-government, and independent of all ecclesiastical authority. In England the name is often applied (commonly in the pl) to the Congregationalists. 2. One who does not acknowledge an obligation to support a party's candidate under all circumstances; one who exercises liberty in voting. 1. Not dependent; free; not subject to control by others; not relying on others; not subordinate; as, few men are wholly independent. "A dry, but independent crust." (Cowper) 2. Affording a comfortable livelihood; as, an independent property. 3. Not subject to bias or influence; not obsequious; self-directing; as, a man of an independent mind. 4. Expressing or indicating the feeling of independence; free; easy; bold; unconstrained; as, an independent air or manner. 5. Separate from; exclusive; irrespective. "That obligation in general, under which we conceive ourselves bound to obey a law, independent of those resources which the law provides for its own enforcement." (R. P. Ward) 6. Belonging or pertaining to, or holding to the doctrines or methods of, the Independents. 7. Not dependent upon another quantity in respect to value or rate of variation; said of quantities or functions. 8. Not bound by party; exercising a free choice in voting with either or any party. Independent company, one not incorporated in any regiment. Independent seconds watch, a stop watch having a second hand driven by a separate set of wheels, springs, etc, for timing to a fraction of a second. Independent variable. See Dependent variable, under Dependent. Synonym: Free, uncontrolled, separate, uncoerced, self-reliant, bold, unconstrained, unrestricted. Origin: Pref. In- not + dependent: cf. F. Independant. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Independent

indentured servant
indentured servants
independence number
independent (current term)
independent agency
independent city
independent clause
independent clauses
independent contractor
independent function
independent functions
independent means
independent power producer
independent scholar
independent set
independent sets

Literary usage of Independent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Constitution of the United States of America: With an Alphabetical by William Hickey, United States (1853)
"... expressing their willingness to concur in a vote of Congress, declaring the United Colonies free and independent States. FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 1776. ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"To pick out a sphere from among all the spheres of space, it is necessary and sufficient to know four independent things about it, as the (three) ..."

3. Annual Report by New Jersey Civil Service Commission (1910)
"The Items shown are included under the head of Investments in the Balance Sheet, Table 101 L, and are classified as follows: Class 1, bonds of independent ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1904)
"We are taught that his ideas must in some way and to some degree of approximation correspond to this independent world, or death passes upon him an adverse ..."

5. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN, Sidney Lee (1890)
"His claim t independent discovery and priority of printed publication was undisputed, though M. Vincent of Lille claimed to have arrived i at similar ..."

6. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Peter Augustin Daniel (1874)
"... independent confirmations of Mr Spedding's results. 2. The late Mr S. Hickson's Paper on the several shares of SHAKSPERE and ..."

7. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)
"He only said things which might have exposed himself to be kicked if his confidant had been a man of independent spirit. But what son of a vicar who has ..."

8. A Risk Reduction Strategy for Human Exploration of Space: A Review of NASA's by David E. Longnecker, Ricardo A. Molins (2006)
"The Office of the Chief Engineer has now been established as the NASA independent Technical Authority (ITA), whose mission includes the following: ..."

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