independence

Independence is the state of being free of the control of some other person, country or entity. Revolutions are all about obtaining independence, most famously perhaps the Revolutionary War in America, which led to America's freedom from Britain.

Independence comes from a nice medieval French word, depenre, meaning "to hang from," or "to hang down." The in at the beginning is Latin for "not," so the word originally meant "not hanging from," which is a neat description of what countries achieve by throwing off their colonizers. Teenagers also commonly seek independence from their parents — but perhaps not financial independence.

Definitions of independence
  1. noun
    freedom from control or influence of another or others
    synonyms: independency
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    autonomy, liberty
    immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence
    autarchy, autarky
    economic independence as a national policy
    autonomy, self-direction, self-reliance, self-sufficiency
    personal independence
    separateness
    political independence
    self-determination, self-government, self-rule
    government of a political unit by its own people
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    freedom
    the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints
  2. noun
    the successful ending of the American Revolution
    “they maintained close relations with England even after independence
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    triumph, victory
    a successful ending of a struggle or contest
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