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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Independent \In'de*pend"ent\, noun

1. (Eccl.) One who believes that an organized Christian church is complete in itself, competent to self-government, and independent of all ecclesiastical authority.

Note: In England the name is often applied (commonly in the pl.) to the Congregationalists.

2. (Politics) One who does not acknowledge an obligation to support a party's candidate under all circumstances; one who exercises liberty in voting.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Independent \In'de*pend"ent\, adjective [Pref. in- not + dependent: cf. F. ind['e]pendant.]

1. Not dependent; free; not subject to control by others; not relying on others; not subordinate; as, few men are wholly independent.

A dry, but independent crust. --Cowper.

2. Affording a comfortable livelihood; as, an independent property.

3. Not subject to bias or influence; not obsequious; self-directing; as, a man of an independent mind.

4. Expressing or indicating the feeling of independence; free; easy; bold; unconstrained; as, an independent air or manner.

5. Separate from; exclusive; irrespective.

That obligation in general, under which we conceive ourselves bound to obey a law, independent of those resources which the law provides for its own enforcement. --R. P. Ward.

6. (Eccl.) Belonging or pertaining to, or holding to the doctrines or methods of, the Independents.

7. (Math.) Not dependent upon another quantity in respect to value or rate of variation; -- said of quantities or functions.

8. (U. S. Politics) Not bound by party; exercising a free choice in voting with either or any party.

{Independent company} (Mil.), one not incorporated in any regiment.

{Independent seconds watch}, a stop watch having a second hand driven by a separate set of wheels, springs, etc., for timing to a fraction of a second.

{Independent variable}. (Math.) See {Dependent variable}, under {Dependent}.

Syn: Free; uncontrolled; separate; uncoerced; self-reliant; bold; unconstrained; unrestricted.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

independent

adjective

1: free from external control and constraint; "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism" [ant: {dependent}]

2: (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces; "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state" [syn: {autonomous}, {independent}, {self-governing}, {sovereign}]

3: (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence; "the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb" [syn: {independent}, {main(a)}] [ant: {dependent}, {subordinate}]

4: not controlled by a party or interest group

noun

1: a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics) [syn: {mugwump}, {independent}, {fencesitter}]

2: a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them [syn: {freelancer}, {freelance}, {free-lance}, {free lance}, {independent}, {self-employed person}]


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