independent


independent
independent [in΄dē pen′dənt, in΄dipen′dənt]
adj.
[ML independens: see IN-2 & DEPENDENT]
1. free from the influence, control, or determination of another or others; specif.,
a) free from the rule of another; controlling or governing oneself; self-governing
b) free from influence, persuasion, or bias; objective [an independent observer]
c) relying only on oneself or one's own abilities, judgment, etc.; self-confident; self-reliant [independent in his thinking]
d) not adhering to any political party or organization [an independent voter]
e) not connected or related to another, to each other, or to a group; separate [an independent grocer]
2.
a) not depending on another or others, esp. for financial support
b) large enough to enable one to live without working: said of an income, a fortune, etc.
c) having an independent income; not needing to work for a living
3. [I-] of or having to do with Independents
n.
1. a person who is independent in thinking, action, etc.
2. [often I-] a voter who is not an adherent of or committed to any political party
3. [I-] a member of a religious and political movement of the 17th cent. in England that advocated self-sufficiency of each local Christian church: the movement led to the organization of Congregationalists and Baptists
——————
independent of
apart from; regardless of
independently
adv.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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