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Dictionary definition for: Independent

1. (n) a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)

2. (a) free from external control and constraint; "an independent mind" "a series of independent judgments" "fiercely independent individualism" "an independent republic"

3. (n) a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them

4. (s) not dependent on or conditioned by or relative to anything else

5. (s) of political bodies; "an autonomous judiciary" "a sovereign state"

6. (s) not contingent

7. (a) of a clause; able to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; "the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb"

8. (s) not controlled by a party or interest group

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