independent

If your brother says you broke his guitar and you say you weren't anywhere near it , your parents may ask your sister for an independent opinion, as she has no reason to lie. An independent person is free from the control or influence of other people.

The root word, depend, originally meant "to hang down." We use the word hang in a similar way. If the decision to build a new stadium hangs on funding, the decision won't be made till the money comes in. To be independent means that you don't depend on your parents to pay your bills. Or, for a three year old, it may mean going to the bathroom "all by yourself." It's all relative.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: independent

1
adjn
free from external control and constraint
a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
2
adj
(of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: independent
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adj free from external control and constraint

“an independent mind”
“a series of independent judgments”
“fiercely independent individualism”
Synonyms
autarkic, autarkical
of countries; not relying on imports
autonomous, self-directed, self-reliant
(of persons) free from external control and constraint in e.g. action and judgment
autonomous
existing as an independent entity
breakaway, fissiparous, separatist
having separated or advocating separation from another entity or policy or attitude
commutative
(of a binary operation) independent of order; as in e.g. "a x b = b x a"
free-living, nonparasitic, nonsymbiotic
not parasitic on another organism
indie
(of pop groups) not affiliated with a major recording company
case-by-case, individual, item-by-item
separate and distinct from others of the same kind
self-sufficient, self-sufficing, self-sustaining
able to provide for your own needs without help from others
self-supporting
financially independent
single-handed
without help from others
strong-minded
marked by vigorous independence of thought and judgment
unaffiliated
not affiliated
unconditional
not contingent; not determined or influenced by someone or something else
free
able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint
separate
independent; not united or joint
Antonyms:
dependent
relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed
babelike
like a baby especially in dependence
helpless
unable to manage independently
interdependent, mutualist, mutually beneficial
mutually dependent
myrmecophilous
living symbiotically with ants
bloodsucking, leechlike, parasitic, parasitical
of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another
reliant
relying on another for support
symbiotic
used of organisms (especially of different species) living together but not necessarily in a relation beneficial to each
underage
dependent by virtue of youth
unfree
hampered and not free; not able to act at will
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adj (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces

Synonyms:
autonomous, self-governing, sovereign
free
able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint

adj not controlled by a party or interest group

Synonyms
nonpartisan, nonpartizan
free from party affiliation or bias

n a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)

Synonyms:
fencesitter, mugwump
Type of:
individualist
a person who pursues independent thought or action

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

Synonyms:
free lance, free-lance, freelance, freelancer, self-employed person
Type of:
worker
a person who works at a specific occupation
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adj (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”
Synonyms:
main
Antonyms:
dependent, subordinate
(of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence
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