(1) Not dependent on or conditioned by or relative to anything else
(2) Not contingent
(3) Free from external control and constraint
"An independent mind"
"A series of independent judgments"
"Fiercely independent individualism"
"An independent republic"
(4) (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"
(5) Not controlled by a party or interest group
(6) (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces
"An autonomous judiciary"
"A sovereign state"
(7) A writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
(8) A neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
From Latin independens, present participle from prefix in-, not, plus dependens, dependent or literally hanging from, from verb dependere, depend, hang from, from prefix de-, from or concerning, plus pendere, hang
- not dependent; not contingent or depending on something else; free
- not affiliated with any political party