in‧de‧pen‧dence W2 [uncountable]
political freedom from control by the government of another country
Lithuania was the first of the Soviet republics to declare independence (=officially state its independence).
the time when a country becomes politically independent:
The country has made great advances since independence.
the freedom and ability to make your own decisions in life, without having to ask other people for permission, help, or money:
ways of helping old people maintain their independence
Having a job gives you financial independence.