What does Independent mean?

Definitions for Independent
ˌɪn dɪˈpɛn dəntin·de·pen·dent

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.

  2. independentnoun

    A neutral or uncommitted person.

  3. independentadjective

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

  4. independentadjective

    not affiliated with any political party

  5. 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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Independentadjective

    Etymology: independant, Fr. in and dependent.

    Creation must needs infer providence, and God's making the world irrefragably proves that he governs it too; or that a being of dependent nature remains nevertheless independent upon him in that respect. Robert South, Sermons.

    Since all princes of independent governments are in a state of nature, the world never was without men in that state. John Locke.

    The town of St. Gaul is a protestant republick, independent of the abbot, and under the protection of the cantons. Addis.

    The consideration of our understanding, which is an incorporeal substance independent from matter; and the contemplation of our own bodies, which have all the stamps and characters of excellent contrivance; these alone do very easily guide us to the wise Author of all things. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

  2. Independentnoun

    One who in religious affairs holds that every congregation is a complete church, subject to no superiour authority.

    We shall, in our sermons, take occasion to justify such passages in our liturgy as have been unjustly quarrelled at by presbyterians, independents, or other puritan sectaries. Robert Sanderson.

    A very famous independent minister was head of a college in those times. Joseph Addison, Spectator.


  1. Independent

    Independent is the first single by Webbie from his second album Savage Life 2. It features Lil Phat and Lil Boosie and a sample of Webbie's "Bad Bitch" in the chorus.


  1. independent

    Independent generally refers to someone or something that is free from outside control or influence, not depending on another for support, livelihood or subsistence. It can also refer to a variable or event in probabilities and statistics that isn't affected by or reliant on other variables or events.

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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British National Corpus

  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. Spokesman Nazifullah Salarzai:

    We hear about these things, and we do seek assessment from our independent human rights commission, and we are strongly committed to eliminating any abuse or mistreatment in case it exists.

  2. Gilad Rotem:

    We can provide back-end, centralized support while still allowing [coffee shops] to maintain their unique character and atmosphere, on the front-end consumer facing side, the biggest thing is to blur the lines between a chain and an independent business. The ultimate goal, it seems, is to become a strong enough network that premium independent coffee shops can’t afford to exist outside of it. Says Rotem.

  3. World Anti-Doping Agency:

    When a minor is involved, there is a requirement in World Anti-Doping Code to investigate the entourage, rUSADA( Russian Anti-Doping Agency) already indicated it had started that. We will ask our independent Intelligence and Investigations Dept to look into it as well.

  4. Kate Bedingfield:

    Vice President Biden has dedicated his public life to changing the culture and the laws around violence against women, he authored and fought for the passage and reauthorization of the landmark Violence Against Women Act. He firmly believes that women have a right to be heard -- and heard respectfully. Such claims should also be diligently reviewed by an independent press.

  5. Gary Tuggle:

    In some cases you have the gangs taxing other gangs or independent drug dealers.

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