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

n freedom from control or influence of another or others

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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
political independence
self-determination, self-government, self-rule
government of a political unit by its own people
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the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints

n 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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