- The definition of an independent clause is a group of words in a sentence that can function alone as their own sentence.
An example of an independent clause is, "She went to the store on Tuesday; so, she didn't run out of milk."
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independent clause - Cultural Definition
A clause that can stand alone as a sentence. The following sentence consists of two independent clauses joined by but: “The farmers complained of the low price of food, but the office workers did not complain.” (Compare dependent clause.)