independent ( independents plural )
1 adj If one thing or person is independentof another, they are separate and not connected, so the first one is not affected or influenced by the second.
oft ADJ of/from n
Your questions should be independent of each other..., Two independent studies have been carried out.
independently adv usu ADV with v, also ADV adj, oft ADV of/from n
...several people working independently in different areas of the world..., The commission will operate independently of ministers.
2 adj If someone is independent, they do not need help or money from anyone else.
oft ADJ of/from n (Antonym: dependent)
Phil was now much more independent of his parents..., She would like to be financially independent...
independently adv ADV after v, ADV adj/-ed
We aim to help disabled students to live and study independently.
3 adj Independent countries and states are not ruled by other countries but have their own government.
oft ADJ from/of n
Papua New Guinea became independent from Australia in 1975.
4 adj An independent organization or other body is one that controls its own finances and operations, rather than being controlled by someone else.
...an independent television station.
5 adj An independent school does not receive money from the government or local council, but from the fees paid by its students' parents or from charities.
(BRIT) usu ADJ n (Antonym: state)
He taught chemistry at a leading independent school.
6 adj An independent inquiry or opinion is one that involves people who are not connected with a particular situation, and should therefore be fair.
The government ordered an independent inquiry into the affair...
7 adj An independent politician is one who does not represent any political party.
usu ADJ n
There's been a late surge of support for an independent candidate.
An independent is an independent politician., n-count
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