From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishIndependent, thethe IndependentIndependent, the trademarka seriousBritishnewspaper which generally supports liberal political ideas. The same company produces a similarpaper on Sundays, called the Independent on Sunday.
independentin‧de‧pen‧dent /ˌɪndəˈpendənt◂/ ●●●S2W2 adjective1not owned/controlled by something [usually before noun] an independentorganization is not owned or controlled by, or does not receive money from, another organization or the governmentThere are plans to split the corporation into a number of smaller independent companies.an independent charitysmall independent bookshopsindependent ofWe 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)2fair [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 itan independent panel of scientistsAn 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 study3countryPGINDEPENDENT COUNTRY OR ORGANIZATION an independent country is not governed or controlled by another countryIndia became independent in 1947.4persona)INDEPENDENT PERSONconfident and able to do things by yourself in your own way, without needing help or advice from other people opp dependentNow that my sons are more independent, I have more time for myself.an independent young womanHe’s helping other people with spinal injuries to lead an independent life.independent ofBy 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 peopleIt was always very important to me to be financially independent.independent ofRobert aimed to be independent of his parents by the time he was twenty.5 →independent study/learning6 →woman/man etc of independent means7separateSEPARATE if one thing is independent of another, the two are not connected, or the second thing does not influence the firstindependent ofreports from two separate sources entirely independent of one anotherThree independent studies all arrived at the same conclusion.8politician [usually before noun] an independent politician does not belong to a particular partyIndependent candidates won three seats. —independently adverbThe two departments operate independently of each other.She had elderly parents who could no longer live independently.
IndependentIndependent noun [countable]PPGa politician who does not belong to a political party
Examples from the Corpus
Independent• The fact that these reformadvocates include both Republicans and Independentsbodes well for the non-partisanfuture of this struggle.• Meanwhile Janet Street-Porter is stepping down as editor of the Independent on Sunday.• The Independentignored the Bill totally.• Bernard Sanders, a Vermont Independent, and Rep.From Longman Business Dictionaryindependentin‧de‧pen‧dent /ˌɪndəˈpendənt◂/ adjectivenot owned, controlled, or financed by another organization or the governmentThere are plans to split the company into a number of smaller independent companies.