1. Not dependent; free; not subject to control by others; not relying on others; not subordinate; as, few men are wholly independent.
A dry, but independent crust. --Cowper.
2. Affording a comfortable livelihood; as, an independent property.
3. Not subject to bias or influence; not obsequious; self-directing; as, a man of an independent mind.
4. Expressing or indicating the feeling of independence; free; easy; bold; unconstrained; as, an independent air or manner.
5. Separate from; exclusive; irrespective.
That obligation in general, under which we conceive ourselves bound to obey a law, independent of those resources which the law provides for its own enforcement. --R. P. Ward.
6. Eccl. Belonging or pertaining to, or holding to the doctrines or methods of, the Independents.
7. Math. Not dependent upon another quantity in respect to value or rate of variation; -- said of quantities or functions.
8. U. S. Politics Not bound by party; exercising a free choice in voting with either or any party.
Independent company Mil., one not incorporated in any regiment.
Independent seconds watch, a stop watch having a second hand driven by a separate set of wheels, springs, etc., for timing to a fraction of a second.
Independent variable. Math. See Dependent variable, under Dependent.
Syn: -- Free; uncontrolled; separate; uncoerced; self-reliant; bold; unconstrained; unrestricted.
1. Eccl. One who believes that an organized Christian church is complete in itself, competent to self-government, and independent of all ecclesiastical authority.
Note: ☞ In England the name is often applied (commonly in the pl.) to the Congregationalists.
2. Politics One who does not acknowledge an obligation to support a party's candidate under all circumstances; one who exercises liberty in voting.
adj 1: free from external control and constraint; "an independent
mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely
independent individualism"; "an independent republic"
2: not dependent on or conditioned by or relative to anything
3: of political bodies; "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign
state" [syn: autonomous, self-governing, sovereign]
4: not contingent
5: of a clause; able to stand alone syntactically as a complete
sentence; "the main (or independent) clause in a complex
sentence has at least a subject and a verb" [syn: main(a)]
6: not controlled by a party or interest group
n 1: a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
[syn: mugwump, fencesitter]
2: a writer or artist who sells services to different employers
without a long-term contract with any of them [syn: freelance,