Definitions for independenceˌɪn dɪˈpɛn dəns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•de•pend•enceˌɪn dɪˈpɛn dəns(n.)

  1. the quality or state of being independent.

  2. Archaic. a sufficient income; competence.

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In•de•pend•enceˌɪn dɪˈpɛn dəns(n.)

  1. a city in W Missouri: starting point of the Santa Fe and Oregon trails. 110,303.

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. independence, independency(noun)

    freedom from control or influence of another or others

  2. independence(noun)

    the successful ending of the American Revolution

    "they maintained close relations with England even after independence"

  3. Independence(noun)

    a city in western Missouri; the beginning of the Santa Fe Trail

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. independence(noun)ˌɪn dɪˈpɛn dəns

    the ability to look after yourself without help

    My mother values her independence too much to want to move in with us.

  2. independenceˌɪn dɪˈpɛn dəns

    freedom from the control of another country

    The country gained its independence 40 years ago today.


  1. independence(Noun)

    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.

  2. independence(Noun)

    The state of having sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Independence(noun)

    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

  2. Independence(noun)

    sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood


  1. Independence

    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

  1. independence

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'independence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2265

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'independence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4707

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'independence' in Nouns Frequency: #1025

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