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adjective     independent pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    ruled by its own government, rather than controlled by another country

    The republic was declared a fully independent state.

    independent from:

    The Republic of Brazil became independent from Portugal in 1822.

  2. 2
    fair because of not being influenced by anyone else

    Seek independent legal advice before entering into an agreement.

    There have been calls for an independent inquiry into the train crash.

  3. 3
    not depending on other people for money
    independent of:

    His wages enabled him to become economically independent of his family.

    1. a.
      not depending on other people for help, or preferring to do things by yourself

      Even as a child he was fiercely (=very) independent.

  4. 4
    not connected with or joined to anything else

    The equipment has its own independent power supply.

    independent of:

    The incidents were completely independent of one another.

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