1 freedom, liberty, autonomy, sovereignty, self-rule, home rule, self-determination, self-government, self-direction, autonomy, autarchy:
The colony gained independence from Portugal.
2 confidence, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, self-assurance:
Edwina asserted her independence by taking over the company herself.
considerable, great | complete, full, total | relative
The council's relative independence of the government means it can negotiate its own agreements.
| nominal | genuine, real, true | de facto
Aquitaine's de facto independence from the king of France
| continued/continuing, growing | hard-won | local, national | academic, economic, editorial, financial, judicial, personal, political, professional
VERB + INDEPENDENCE
Young people have more independence these days.
| lack | enjoy, value
I value my independence too much to get married.
| display, show
She displayed independence of judgement in choosing a career quite different from that of her parents.
Edward III tried to assert his independence of the regime at court.
| achieve, gain, win
Mexico achieved independence from Spain in 1821.
| bring (about)
the need to bring independence to the country a colonial crisis which brought about independence
| declare, proclaim | ensure, maintain, preserve, retain, sustain
The army is committed to ensuring the independence of the country.
| give up, lose
She doesn't want to lose her hard-won independence.
| regain, restore | encourage, promote
Parents should encourage independence in their children.
Economic aid tends to undermine the national independence of third world countries.
| seek | call for, demand | vote for | give sb/sth, grant sb/sth | recognize
They have agreed to recognize the breakaway republic's independence.
INDEPENDENCE + VERB
Independence came to the British colonial territories in Africa in the late fifties and early sixties.
INDEPENDENCE + NOUN
day | celebrations | movement | struggle
Namibia became a full member of the UN at independence.
| ~ from
independence from Spain
| ~ of
the church's independence of the state independence of mind
a declaration of independence, a lack of independence, the loss of independence, a sign/symbol of independence
The car became a symbol of independence.
| the struggle for independence, a war of independence
the American War of Independence
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