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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being independent.
  • n. Archaic Sufficient income for comfortable self-support; a competence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being independent; freedom from dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control by others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one's own affairs without interference.
  • n. The state of having sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being independent; freedom from dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control by, others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one's own affairs without interference.
  • n. Sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being independent; exemption from dependence upon another or others, or from another's control; self-support or self-government.
  • n. That which renders one independent; property or income sufficient to make one independent of others; a competency.
  • n. In botany, the abnormal separation of organs or parts which are usually united.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. freedom from control or influence of another or others
  • n. the successful ending of the American Revolution
  • n. a city in western Missouri; the beginning of the Santa Fe Trail

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