independence - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. 1
    freedom from control by another country or organization

    Lithuania was the first of the Soviet republics to declare its independence.

    independence from:

    The pressure group maintains complete independence from all political parties.

  2. 2
    the ability to make decisions and live your life free from the control or influence of other people

    The hospital is committed to preserving the dignity and independence of patients.

    economic/financial independence:

    Employment gave young women a measure of economic independence.