Definitions for: Independent

[n] a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
[n] a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
[adj] of political bodies; "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state"
[adj] not dependent on or conditioned by or relative to anything else
[adj] not contingent
[adj] free from external control and constraint; "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"; "an independent republic"
[adj] (grammar) of a clause; able to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; "the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb"
[adj] not controlled by a party or interest group

Webster (1913) Definition: In`de*pend"ent, a. [Pref. in- not + dependent: cf.
F. ind['e]pendant.]
1. Not dependent; free; not subject to control by others; not
relying on others; not subordinate; as, few men are wholly

A dry, but independent crust. --Cowper.

2. Affording a comfortable livelihood; as, an independent

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

4. Expressing or indicating the feeling of independence;
free; easy; bold; unconstrained; as, an independent air or

5. Separate from; exclusive; irrespective.

That obligation in general, under which we conceive
ourselves bound to obey a law, independent of those
resources which the law provides for its own
enforcement. --R. P. Ward.

6. (Eccl.) Belonging or pertaining to, or holding to the
doctrines or methods of, the Independents.

7. (Math.) Not dependent upon another quantity in respect to
value or rate of variation; -- said of quantities or

8. (U. S. Politics) Not bound by party; exercising a free
choice in voting with either or any party.

Independent company (Mil.), one not incorporated in any

Independent seconds watch, a stop watch having a second
hand driven by a separate set of wheels, springs, etc.,
for timing to a fraction of a second.

Independent variable. (Math.) See Dependent variable,
under Dependent.

Syn: Free; uncontrolled; separate; uncoerced; self-reliant;
bold; unconstrained; unrestricted.

In`de*pend"ent, n.
1. (Eccl.) One who believes that an organized Christian
church is complete in itself, competent to
self-government, and independent of all ecclesiastical

Note: In England the name is often applied (commonly in the
pl.) to the Congregationalists.

2. (Politics) One who does not acknowledge an obligation to
support a party's candidate under all circumstances; one
who exercises liberty in voting.

Synonyms: absolute, autarkic, autarkical, autonomous, breakaway, case-by-case, commutative, freelance, free-living, indie, individual, item-by-item, main(a), mugwump, nonparasitic, nonpartisan, nonpartizan, nonsymbiotic, on her own(p), on his own(p), on one's own(p), on their own(p), on your own(p), self-directed, self-employed person, self-governing, self-reliant, self-sufficient, self-sufficing, self-supporting, self-sustaining, separatist, single-handed, sovereign, strong-minded, unaffiliated, unconditional

Antonyms: dependent, subordinate

See Also: free, individualist, separate, worker

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