What does independence mean?

Definitions for independence
ˌɪn dɪˈpɛn dənsin·de·pen·dence

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. independence, independencynoun

    freedom from control or influence of another or others

  2. independencenoun

    the successful ending of the American Revolution

    "they maintained close relations with England even after independence"

  3. Independencenoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. independencenoun

    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. independencenoun

    The state of having sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Independence, Independencynoun

    Freedom; exemption from reliance or control; state over which none has power.

    Etymology: independance, Fr. in and dependence.

    Dreams may give us some idea of the great excellency of a human soul, and some intimations of its independency on matter. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Let fortune do her worst, whatever she makes us lose, as long as she never makes us lose our honesty and our independence. Alexander Pope.

    Give me, I cry'd, enough for me,
    My bread and independency:
    So bought an annual rent or two,
    And liv'd just as you see I do. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Independencenoun

    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. Independencenoun

    sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. indpendance.]

Freebase

  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

  1. INDEPENDENCE

    Self government. Good enough for a Cuban, but too good for a Filipino.

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  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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of independence in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of independence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of independence in a Sentence

  1. Greg Anderson:

    Let's face it. In most of life we really are interdependent. We need each other. Staunch independence is an illusion, but heavy dependence isn't healthy, either. The only position of long-term strength is interdependence: win/win.

  2. Peter Altmaier:

    This should also be a top priority for the next European Commission, with this, we will secure jobs and prosperity in Germany and Europe. And, above all, it's what will give Europe its economic sovereignty and independence.

  3. Anna Lobova:

    All [these] leaders are very respected by people and they have some things in common -- all of them are innovators and very principal persons with strong ideas and they do a lot for [the] evolution, development and independence of Russia.

  4. Leonard Leo:

    The President is very committed to the' Gorsuch model' and a very disciplined selection process where Neil Gorsuch has courage and independence of judgment and will interpret the Constitution the way the framers meant it to be.

  5. Mansur Sadulaev:

    Opponents of the Russian regime and supporters of the independence of the Chechen Republic, especially those who express themselves openly, are in constant danger both in the EU and in any other country, among the many murders and murder attempts on opponents of the Russian regime there is the recent assassination of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in Berlin.

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