|1.||[ adjective ] free from external control and constraint|
"an independent mind" "a series of independent judgments" "fiercely independent individualism" "an independent republic"
|Related terms:||dependent individual self-sufficient on_one's_own autonomous indie breakaway autarkic self-supporting single-handed commutative strong-minded unaffiliated free-living free-living unconditional autonomous free separate independence|
|2.||[ adjective ] not dependent on or conditioned by or relative to anything else|
|3.||[ adjective ] of political bodies|
|Synonyms:||sovereign self-governing autonomous|
"an autonomous judiciary" "a sovereign state"
|4.||[ adjective ] not contingent|
|5.||[ noun ] (politics) a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)|
|Related terms:||individualist politics|
|6.||[ adjective ] (politics) not controlled by a party or interest group|
|7.||[ adjective ] (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"
|Related terms:||dependent grammar|
|8.||[ noun ] (work) a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them|