An example of independent is someone who lives on their own and supports themself.
- free from the influence, control, or determination of another or others; specif.,
- free from the rule of another; controlling or governing oneself; self-governing
- free from influence, persuasion, or bias; objective: an independent observer
- relying only on oneself or one's own abilities, judgment, etc.; self-confident; self-reliant: independent in his thinking
- not adhering to any political party or organization: an independent voter
- not connected or related to another, to each other, or to a group; separate: an independent grocer
- not depending on another or others, esp. for financial support
- large enough to enable one to live without working: said of an income, a fortune, etc.
- having such an income, fortune, etc. and, hence, not needing to work for a living
- [I-] of or having to do with Independents
Origin of independentMedieval Latin independens: see in- and dependent
- a person, company, etc. that is independent, as in thinking, action, or practice
- [oftenI-] a voter who is not an adherent of or registered with any political party
- [I-] a member of a religious and political movement of the 17th cent. in England that advocated self-sufficiency of each local Christian church: the movement led to the organization of Congregationalists and Baptists
- Not governed by a foreign power; self-governing.
- Free from the influence, guidance, or control of another or others; self-reliant: an independent mind.
- Not determined or influenced by someone or something else; not contingent: a decision independent of the outcome of the study.
- often Independent Affiliated with or loyal to no one political party or organization.
- Not dependent on or affiliated with a larger or controlling entity: an independent food store; an independent film.
- a. Not relying on others for support, care, or funds; self-supporting.b. Providing or being sufficient income to enable one to live without working: a person of independent means.
- Mathematics a. Not dependent on other variables.b. Of or relating to a system of equations no one of which can be derived from another equation in the system.
- Independent Of or relating to the 17th-century English Independents.
- often Independent One that is independent, especially a voter, officeholder, or political candidate who is not committed to a political party.
- Independent A member of a movement in England in the 17th century advocating the political and religious independence of individual congregations.
- Independent Chiefly British A Congregationalist.
(comparative more independent, superlative most independent)
From French indépendant