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in·de·pend·ent / ˌindəˈpendənt/ • adj. 1. free from outside control; not depending on another's authority: the study is totally independent of central government Canada's largest independent investment firm. ∎  (of a country) self-governing: India became independent in 1947. ∎  not belonging to or supported by a political party: the independent candidate. ∎  (of broadcasting, a school, etc.) not supported by public funds. ∎  not influenced or affected by others; impartial: a thorough and independent investigation of the case. ∎  (Independent) hist. Congregational. 2. not depending on another for livelihood or subsistence: I wanted to remain independent in old age. ∎  capable of thinking or acting for oneself: advice for independent travelers. ∎  (of income or resources) making it unnecessary to earn one's living: a woman of independent means. 3. not connected with another or with each other; separate: we need two independent witnesses to testify | the legislature and the judicature are independent of each other. ∎  not depending on something else for strength or effectiveness; freestanding: an independent electric shower. ∎  Math. (of one of a set of axioms, equations, or quantities) incapable of being expressed in terms of, or derived or deduced from, the others. • n. an independent person or body. ∎  an independent political candidate, voter, etc. ∎  (Independent) hist. a Congregationalist. DERIVATIVES: in·de·pend·ent·ly adv.

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independent XVII. f. IN-1 + DEPENDENT.
So independence XVII.

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Independents. Another name for the English Congregationalists.