independentin‧de‧pen‧dent /ˌɪndəˈpendənt◂/ ●●● S2 W2 adjective 1 not owned/controlled by something [usually before noun] an independent organization is not owned or controlled by, or does not receive money from, another organization or the government There are plans to split the corporation into a number of smaller independent companies. an independent charity small independent bookshopsindependent of We need a central bank that is independent of the government.independent school especially British English (=one not owned or paid for by the government) schools in the independent sectorindependent television/radio/broadcasting etc British English (=not owned or paid for by the government) independent television companiesindependent film (=one not made or produced by a large film production company)2 fair [usually before noun]RIGHT/JUSTIFIED an independent organization or person is not involved in a particular situation, and can therefore be trusted to be fair in judging it an independent panel of scientists An independent body
(=group of people who work together) has been set up to monitor government spending. There were no independent witnesses to the shooting.independent inquiry/advice/opinion etc (=carried out by or given by an independent person or organization) Human rights groups have called for an independent inquiry into the killings. the results of an independent study3 countryPGINDEPENDENT COUNTRY OR ORGANIZATION an independent country is not governed or controlled by another country India became independent in 1947.4 person a) INDEPENDENT PERSONconfident and able to do things by yourself in your own way, without needing help or advice from other people opp dependent Now that my sons are more independent, I have more time for myself. an independent young woman He’s helping other people with spinal injuries to lead an independent life.independent of By this age, the child becomes relatively independent of his mother. b) INDEPENDENT PERSONhaving enough money to live, without having to ask for help from other people It was always very important to me to be financially independent.independent of Robert aimed to be independent of his parents by the time he was twenty.5 → independent study/learning6 → woman/man etc of independent means7 separateSEPARATE if one thing is independent of another, the two are not connected, or the second thing does not influence the firstindependent of reports from two separate sources entirely independent of one another Three independent studies all arrived at the same conclusion.8 politician [usually before noun] an independent politician does not belong to a particular party Independent candidates won three seats. —independently adverb The two departments operate independently of each other. She had elderly parents who could no longer live independently.
Examples from the Corpusindependent• She is financially independent.• Dad left me all his money when he died, which made me financially independent.• I quite like living alone. It's made me more independent.• Certainly he did not advise the wife that she should seek independent advice.• The blood samples are being sent out for independent analysis.• Joe's still not very independent, and he tends to follow me around.• Yonkers has several independent bus lines.• In the 1975 election, however, voters chose four independent candidates for the council and elected independent Margaret Hance as mayor.• Corporate power is not merely a matter of the resources and market share of formally independent entities.• However, older age at first pregnancy and fewer children were not independent factors.• Changes in the rural economy turned many independent farmers to hired labourers.• The country became independent from France in 1964.• We must encourage independent governments, not economic satellites.• Independent legal experts have been studying the case.• Small independent merchants who were threatened by both the supermarkets and the chains were forced to adopt the supermarket principle.• Croatia became an independent nation in 1991.• I suddenly realised that my precious son was a full-grown man, quite independent of his father and me.• The independent project organization appears to be the best approach from a social point of view.• Local companies and industries have been helping independent schools to provide buildings and equipment.• My mom was in fact quite independent. She had always had a job and her own bank account.• The country has three major network television stations, plus one independent station.• Chain supermarkets are more likely to be discounters than independent supermarkets which favor specials.• Robin worked for one of the largest independent television companies.• a strong independent woman• I've always been attracted to strong, independent women.independent of• The research center is on Harvard's campus, but is independent of the university.independent body• The client may need reassurance that the standards the hotel claims to offer have been scrutinised by an independent body.• It is an independent body and the courses are drawn up by specialist committees including representatives from government, industry and teaching.• This is an independent body of doctors, philosophers, lawyers and theologians which promotes the study of ethical issues.• Each is the independent body recognised by government as responsible for promoting training in its own part of the economy.• The Centre is an independent body, with charitable status.• Sugden warned that independent bodies would become toothless if they were constantly overruled by the government.became independent• In 1961, Tanganyika became independent.• The official news agency Tass became independent, and Gorbachev's spokesman Vitaly Ignatenko was appointed to head it.• Once my boys became independent spellers, I welcomed their questions about spelling.financially independent• He was over sixty and a relatively wealthy man, with a wife who was financially independent.• His father's death in 1821 left him financially independent.• Less than a dozen years after their car wash days, Pam and Larry Winters are financially independent.• Many of them were financially independent.• The poster campaigners at Beida picked up this point, that academics were becoming financially independent and seeking ways of making money.• It wanted the new structure to be a financially independent party with exclusive political loyalty from its members.