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INDEPENDENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does independent mean? 

INDEPENDENT (noun)
  The noun INDEPENDENT has 2 senses:

1. a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
2. a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them

  Familiarity information: INDEPENDENT used as a noun is rare.


INDEPENDENT (adjective)
  The adjective INDEPENDENT has 6 senses:

1. free from external control and constraint
2. not dependent on or conditioned by or relative to anything else
3. (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces
4. not contingent
5. (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence
6. not controlled by a party or interest group

  Familiarity information: INDEPENDENT used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


INDEPENDENT (noun)


Sense 1independent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

fencesitter; independent; mugwump

Hypernyms ("independent" is a kind of...):

individualist (a person who pursues independent thought or action)

Domain category:

government; political science; politics (the study of government of states and other political units)


Sense 2independent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

freelance; self-employed person; independent

Hypernyms ("independent" is a kind of...):

worker (a person who works at a specific occupation)


INDEPENDENT (adjective)


Sense 1independent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free from external control and constraint

Context examples:

an independent mind / a series of independent judgments / fiercely independent individualism / an independent republic

Similar:

self-sufficient; self-sufficing; self-sustaining (able to provide for your own needs without help from others)

self-supporting (financially independent)

single-handed (without help from others)

strong-minded (marked by vigorous independence of thought and judgment)

unaffiliated (not affiliated)

unconditional (not contingent; not determined or influenced by someone or something else)

case-by-case; individual; item-by-item (separate and distinct from others of the same kind)

indie ((of pop groups) not affiliated with a major recording company)

free-living; nonparasitic; nonsymbiotic (not parasitic on another organism)

commutative ((of a binary operation) independent of order; as in e.g.)

breakaway; fissiparous; separatist (having separated or advocating separation from another entity or policy or attitude)

autonomous (existing as an independent entity)

autonomous; self-directed; self-reliant ((of persons) free from external control and constraint in e.g. action and judgment)

autarkic; autarkical (of countries; not relying on imports)

Also:

separate (independent; not united or joint)

free (able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint)

Attribute:

independence; independency (freedom from control or influence of another or others)

Antonym:

dependent (not independent)


Sense 2independent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not dependent on or conditioned by or relative to anything else

Similar:

absolute (perfect or complete or pure)


Sense 3independent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces

Synonyms:

autonomous; self-governing; sovereign; independent

Context examples:

an autonomous judiciary / a sovereign state

Similar:

free (able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint)


Sense 4independent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not contingent

Similar:

unconditional (not conditional)


Sense 5independent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence

Synonyms:

main; independent

Context example:

the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb

Domain category:

grammar (the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics or morphology))

Antonym:

dependent ((of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence)


Sense 6independent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not controlled by a party or interest group

Similar:

nonpartisan; nonpartizan (free from party affiliation or bias)


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