What does Independent mean?

Definitions for Independent
ˌɪn dɪˈpɛn dəntInde·pen·dent

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Independent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mugwump, independent, fencesitternoun

    a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)

  2. freelancer, freelance, free-lance, free lance, independent, self-employed personadjective

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

  3. independentadjective

    free from external control and constraint

    "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"

  4. autonomous, independent, self-governing, sovereignadjective

    (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces

    "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state"

  5. independent, main(a)adjective

    (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"

  6. independentadjective

    not controlled by a party or interest group


  1. independentnoun

    A candidate or voter not affiliated with any political party, a free thinker, free of a party platform.

    Etymology: 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

  2. independentnoun

    A neutral or uncommitted person.

    Etymology: 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

  3. independentadjective

    not dependent; not contingent or depending on something else; free

    Etymology: 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

  4. independentadjective

    not affiliated with any political party

    Etymology: 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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Independentadjective

    not dependent; free; not subject to control by others; not relying on others; not subordinate; as, few men are wholly independent

  2. Independentadjective

    affording a comfortable livelihood; as, an independent property

  3. Independentadjective

    not subject to bias or influence; not obsequious; self-directing; as, a man of an independent mind

  4. Independentadjective

    expressing or indicating the feeling of independence; free; easy; bold; unconstrained; as, an independent air or manner

  5. Independentadjective

    separate from; exclusive; irrespective

  6. Independentadjective

    belonging or pertaining to, or holding to the doctrines or methods of, the Independents

  7. Independentadjective

    not dependent upon another quantity in respect to value or rate of variation; -- said of quantities or functions

  8. Independentadjective

    not bound by party; exercising a free choice in voting with either or any party

  9. Independentnoun

    one who believes that an organized Christian church is complete in itself, competent to self-government, and independent of all ecclesiastical authority

  10. Independentnoun

    one who does not acknowledge an obligation to support a party's candidate under all circumstances; one who exercises liberty in voting


  1. Independent

    In politics, an independent or nonpartisan politician is an individual not affiliated to any political party. There are numerous reasons why someone may stand for office as an independent. Independents may hold a centrist viewpoint between those of major political parties. Sometimes they hold a viewpoint more extreme than any major party, or they may have a viewpoint based on issues that they do not feel that any major party addresses. Other independent politicians may be associated with a political party, be former members of it, or have views that align with it, but choose not to stand under its label. Others may belong to or support a political party but believe they should not formally represent it and thus be subject to its policies. Some independents choose to form an alliance rather than a party and have formally registered their "independents" group. In some countries political parties are illegal and all candidates effectively stand as independents. Finally, some independent candidates may form a political party for the purposes of running for public office.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Independent

    in-de-pend′ent, adj. (with of) not dependent or relying on others: not subordinate: not subject to bias: affording a comfortable livelihood: belonging to the Independents: (gram.) of some parts of speech (noun, pronoun, verb), capable of forming sentences without the others.—n. one who in ecclesiastical affairs holds that every congregation should be independent of every other and subject to no superior authority—a Congregationalist: (math.) not depending on another for its value, said of a quantity or function.—ns. Independ′ence, Independ′ency.—adv. Independ′ently.—Declaration of Independence, the document embodying the reasons for the secession of the thirteen colonies of America from England, reported to the Continental Congress, July 4, 1776—observed in the United States as a legal holiday—Independence Day.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. independent

    A merchant ship under naval control sailed singly and unescorted by a warship. See also military independent.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. independent

    In a military sense, is a term which distinguishes from the rest of the army those companies which have been raised by individuals for rank, and were afterwards drafted into corps that were short of their complement of men. Independent company or troop, is one that is not incorporated into any regiment.

Editors Contribution

  1. independent

    A type of socialist political candidate or elected socialist politician who represent their constituency or electoral area

    Our father stood in the local elections as an independent politician.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 25, 2017  
  2. independent

    Earnings from a sustainable form of income.

    Citizens aspire to be independent people who can earn an income.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 18, 2017  
  3. independent

    To review with an impartial intent.

    Broadcasters and Journalists are independent communicators of data, proof, information and fact.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  


  1. Independent

    in Lepidoptera; that vein of the wings that arises from the cross-vein closing the cell, and does not branch directly from any vein reaching the base: it is v. 5 of the numerical series in both wings and the media of Comstock.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Independent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1015

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Independent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1727

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Independent' in Adjectives Frequency: #124

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Independent in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Independent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Independent in a Sentence

  1. Chairman Mike Rake:

    We're absolutely willing to form an Openreach board that would have an independent chairman, a majority of independent directors. We're willing to give more authority to Openreach in determination of its capital investment programme, but we believe very strongly ... that this would be the wrong time to break up BT and distract us from the remaining investment to get superfast and ultrafast broadband right across the country in the next two to three years.

  2. Anthony Guglielmi:

    I don't know that you can have a stronger validation or efficacy model than an independent Ivy League university, they literally sit in the rooms with us.

  3. Fahrettin Altun:

    It is with great regret that Two US defense officials have been monitoring Fahrettin Altun efforts to mount pressure on Turkey's independent court system for some time. During this period, Two US defense officials country has been subjected to various threats of sanctions.

  4. Rick Brennan:

    In the short term, you have the immediate threat of ISIS. But in the long term, the deeper threat is to Iraq’s ability to be free and independent of Iran, dependence on the Shia militias, who have sworn allegiance to the ayatollah, is a problem. The Popular Liberation Forces number about 70,000, including a core of 15,000 hardened fighters who most recently did battle at Tehran’s behest in Syria, where they fought Al Qaeda, ISIS and the Free Syrian Army, Rick Brennan said. Iraq may need their help now, but giving them an official role in the fight against ISIS could further entrench them as both a political and military force within Iraq, Rick Brennan said.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Child! Turn your face to the light, to the science, to the reason, to the truth, to the peace! Child! Be modern, be compassionate, be individual, and be independent! Child! Don’t be the man of anyone or any system, don’t believe in any religious stories, and don’t ever be silent against any oppressor! Child, turn your face to the light and walk towards the light!

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    closely constrained or constricted or constricting
    • A. urban
    • B. suspicious
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    • D. obnoxious

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