1 free, self-governing, autonomous, sovereign:
In 1829 Greece was acknowledged as an independent state.
2 unrestrained, unrestricted, unfettered, untrammelled, unregulated, uncontrolled, separate(d), unconnected, disconnected, unrelated, distinct:
Air is made up of independent particles.
3 self-reliant, self-sufficient, self-assured, (self-)confident, bold, individualistic, competent:
For a six-year-old, he is very independent.
4 voluntary, non-partisan, spontaneous, unsolicited, unbidden, unprejudiced, unbiased, non-aligned, unaligned, disinterested, neutral:
Four independent witnesses testified to seeing him at the scene of the crime
5 unlimited, unrestricted, affluent, self-sufficient; unearned:
She is a woman of independent means.
6 unallied, unaffiliated, uncommitted, individualistic, undecided:
Independent candidates outnumber those of the two main parties in this election
7 outside, external, unaffiliated, non-affiliated, unconnected, disinterested:
An independent auditor was engaged to go over the company's books.
8 independent of. irrespective of, disregarding, notwithstanding, ignoring, excluding; exclusive of, except for, barring, apart from, besides, beyond, US aside from:
He insists on doing things his way, independent of others' feelings. Independent of you and me, no one cares what he does.
9 individual, nonconformist, maverick, Colloq loner:
He is an independent, not affiliated to any political party.
1 not needing other people
be, feel, seem | become | remain | make sb
Travelling in Asia has made her a lot more independent.
fiercely, sturdily, very
Many disabled people are fiercely independent.
| completely | fairly, pretty, quite | economically, financially
By the age of eighteen he was completely independent of his parents.
2 not influenced or controlled by anyone else
be | become | remain | make sth | declare sth
In 1961 the country was declared independent.
completely, entirely, fully, genuinely, quite, totally, truly, wholly | almost, fairly, largely, virtually | increasingly | effectively, essentially
The country has pursued an effectively independent line on military issues.
| nominally, supposedly | newly
newly independent countries
The country became fully independent from France in 1960.
an organization that is independent of the government
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