freedom from control or influence of another or others
the successful ending of the American Revolution
"they maintained close relations with England even after independence"
a city in western Missouri; the beginning of the Santa Fe Trail
The state or quality of being independent; freedom from dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control by others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one's own affairs without interference.
The state of having sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood.
the state or quality of being independent; freedom from dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control by, others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one's own affairs without interference
sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood
Origin: [Cf. F. indpendance.]
Independence is a condition of a nation, country, or state in which its residents and population, or some portion thereof, exercise self-government, and usually sovereignty, over the territory. The opposite of independence is a dependent territory. Whether attainment of independence is different from revolution has long been contested, and has often been debated over the question of violence as a legitimate means to achieving sovereignty. While some revolutions seek and achieve national independence, others aim only to redistribute power — with or without an element of emancipation, such as in democratization — within a state, which as such may remain unaltered. Nation-states have been granted independence without any revolutionary acts. The Russian October Revolution, for example, was not intended to seek national independence; the United States Revolutionary War, however, was. Autonomy refers to a kind of independence which has been granted by an overseeing authority that itself still retains ultimate authority over that territory. A protectorate refers to an autonomous region that depends upon a larger government for its protection as an autonomous region. The dates of established independence, are typically celebrated as a national holiday known as an independence day.
The Roycroft Dictionary
An achievement, not a bequest.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
Self government. Good enough for a Cuban, but too good for a Filipino.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'independence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2265
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'independence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4707
Rank popularity for the word 'independence' in Nouns Frequency: #1025
The numerical value of independence in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of independence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Ultimately, overcoming personal censorship is about gaining independence--independence from ignorance!~ Adesiji Rabiu
Relying on Russian sources threatens energy independence, we are ready to help the country build real energy independence.
The formulators of the (Israeli) Declaration of Independence, with much wisdom, insisted the Arab communities in Israel, as well as other groups, should not feel as the Jews had felt in exile.
You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.
The same way that we defended our independence on the battlefield, we have and will continue to defend our independence at the negotiating table, what we are after in the negotiations is to reach a win-win mutual understanding.
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- istiqlal, müstəqillik, istiqlaliyyətAzerbaijani
- independènciaCatalan, Valencian
- samostatnost, nezávislostCzech
- uafhængighed, selvstændighedDanish
- memstareco, sendependeco, sendependencoEsperanto
- sõltumatus, iseseisvusEstonian
- استقلال, آزادیPersian
- riippumattomuus, itsenäisyysFinnish
- neo-eisimeileachdScottish Gaelic
- önállóság, függetlenségHungarian
- sjálfstæði, óhæðiIcelandic
- 독립, 獨立Korean
- көз каранды эместик, багынбоочулук, өзүнчөлүкKyrgyz
- тусгаар тогтнол, бие даасан байдалMongolian
- ကိုယ့်မင်းကိုယ့်ချင်း, လွတ်လပ်ရေးBurmese
- zelfstandigheid, onafhankelijkheidDutch
- niezależność, niepodległośćPolish
- незави́симость, самостоя́тельностьRussian
- не̏овисно̄ст, nȅovisnōst, nezávisnōst, неза́висно̄стSerbo-Croatian
- ස්වාධීනත්වයSinhala, Sinhalese
- pamvarësi, pavarësiAlbanian
- озодӣ, истиқлолTajik
- мөстәкыйльлек, бәйсезлекTatar
- آزادی, استقلالUrdu
- istiqlol, ozodlik, mustaqillikUzbek
- độc lập, 獨立Vietnamese
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