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[ US /ˌɪndɪˈpɛndənt/ ]
[ UK /ˌɪndɪpˈɛndənt/ ]
  1. (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces
    an autonomous judiciary
    a sovereign state
  2. (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence
    the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb
  3. free from external control and constraint
    a series of independent judgments
    an independent mind
    fiercely independent individualism
  4. not controlled by a party or interest group
  1. a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
  2. a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
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How To Use independent In A Sentence

  • The remaining three evolutionary forces are nonadaptive in the sense that they are not a function of the fitness properties of individuals: mutation is the ultimate source of variation on which natural selection acts, recombination assorts variation within and among chromosomes, and genetic drift ensures that gene frequencies will deviate a bit from generation to generation independent of other forces. A Disclaimer for Behe?
  • John Sayles is often hailed as the king of independent cinema, so it is little wonder that his latest movie, Silver City, was able to attract such a mouth-watering cast.
  • Each eye can move independently and can focus on object with three different areas, giving the mantis shrimp "trinocular vision". ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science
  • Independent observers will monitor the elections.
  • Each bottle rests in an independent sleeve from the others so it can also be separated and used again for your wine travel needs. 2010 February | Dr Vino's wine blog
  • We do learn that Olive was wild and independent, refusing to live as a shy ingénue.
  • Save aggressively over the next five years so she has the choice to work as an independent consultant, if she desires.
  • The independent consultant with any hope of being self-supporting must have an organized library of information available at a moment's notice.
  • In America, where there has been a shift away from big studios towards independent film-makers, Swinton has forged a successful career in both areas.
  • Getting involved in European companies is likely to bring a complexity of personnel management that will blow their minds," Graeme Maxton, a Europe-based independent auto industry analyst, told the news service, noting Chinese companies 'poor track record of managing their businesses. DealBook
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