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independence

noun
     
Related topics: Government, Sociology
in‧de‧pen‧dence W2 [uncountable]
1PG political freedom from control by the government of another country
independence from
Nigeria gained independence from Britain in 1960.
Lithuania was the first of the Soviet republics to declare independence (=officially state its independence).
2PG the time when a country becomes politically independent:
The country has made great advances since independence.
3SS 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.

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