from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not governed by a foreign power; self-governing.
- adj. Free from the influence, guidance, or control of another or others; self-reliant: an independent mind.
- adj. Not determined or influenced by someone or something else; not contingent: a decision independent of the outcome of the study.
- adj. Affiliated with or loyal to no one political party or organization.
- adj. Not dependent on or affiliated with a larger or controlling entity: an independent food store; an independent film.
- adj. Not relying on others for support, care, or funds; self-supporting.
- adj. Providing or being sufficient income to enable one to live without working: a person of independent means.
- adj. Mathematics Not dependent on other variables.
- adj. Mathematics Of or relating to a system of equations no one of which can be derived from another equation in the system.
- adj. Of or relating to the 17th-century English Independents.
- n. One that is independent, especially a voter, officeholder, or political candidate who is not committed to a political party.
- n. A member of a movement in England in the 17th century advocating the political and religious independence of individual congregations.
- n. Chiefly British A Congregationalist.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. not dependent; not contingent or depending on something else; free
- adj. not affiliated with any political party
- n. A candidate or voter not affiliated with any political party, a free thinker, free of a party platform.
- n. A neutral or uncommitted person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not dependent; free; not subject to control by others; not relying on others; not subordinate.
- adj. Affording a comfortable livelihood.
- adj. Not subject to bias or influence; not obsequious; self-directing.
- adj. Expressing or indicating the feeling of independence; free; easy; bold; unconstrained.
- adj. Separate from; exclusive; irrespective.
- adj. Belonging or pertaining to, or holding to the doctrines or methods of, the Independents.
- adj. Not dependent upon another quantity in respect to value or rate of variation; -- said of quantities or functions.
- adj. Not bound by party; exercising a free choice in voting with either or any party.
- n. One who believes that an organized Christian church is complete in itself, competent to self-government, and independent of all ecclesiastical authority.
- n. One who does not acknowledge an obligation to support a party's candidate under all circumstances; one who exercises liberty in voting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not dependent; not requiring the support or not subject to the control or controlling influence of others; not relying on others for direction or guidance; not subordinate; of things, not standing in a relation of dependence to something else: used absolutely or followed by of, formerly sometimes by on: as, a person's fortunes in life are quite independent of the configuration of the planets at his nativity.
- Not due to or connected with dependence; pertaining to or permitting freedom of action; free of control or restraint: as, an independent income, estate, or position; independent action.
- Not subject to bias or influence; self-directing.
- Proceeding from or expressive of a spirit of independence; free; easy; self-confident; bold; unconstrained: as, an independent air or manner.
- Irrespective; exclusive; without taking note or notice: followed by of.
- [capitalized] Of or pertaining to the Independents or Congregationalists; belonging to the Independents.
- In mathematics, not depending upon another for its value: said of a quantity or function.
- Having a competency; able to live well without labor; well-to-do.
- n. One who acts with independence; one who acts in accordance with his own will, judgment, or conscience.
- n. [capitalized] Eccles., one who maintains the principles of independency, or the freedom of the local church from external control; specifically, in England, a name given to a Congregationalist.
- n. [cap. or lowercase] In politics: One who acts independently of any organized party; one who opposes or supports measures or men on independent grounds.
- n. One of an organized party assuming the name “Independent”; specifically, in United States politics, a member of the party otherwise called the Greenback party.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
- adj. (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence
- adj. free from external control and constraint
- adj. (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces
- n. a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
- adj. not controlled by a party or interest group
in- + dependent (Wiktionary)