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independent

adjective  us   /ˌɪn·dɪˈpen·dənt/
not influenced or controlled by other people but free to make your own decisions: an independent thinker Congress called for the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate the president. Now that Jean’s got a job, she’s financially independent (= she does not need money from other people). social studies If a country becomes independent, it is no longer governed or ruled by another country.independent contractor An independent contractor is a person who agrees to do a particular job for someone else for an agreed amount of money but who is not an employee: She used to be on staff, but now she’s an independent contractor.
independently
adverb  us   /ˌɪn·dɪˈpen·dənt·li/
The telephone was actually invented independently by two different people at almost the same time.

independent

noun [C]  us   /ˌɪn·dɪˈpen·dənt/
politics & government a voter or politician who does not belong to a political party : She is gaining support among independents who have no political preference or who lean Democratic.
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