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independent

adjective uk   /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dənt/ us  

independent adjective (NOT INFLUENCED)

B2 not influenced or controlled in any way by other people, events, or things: an independent enquiry/organization They all made the same comment, quite independent of each other (= without deciding together to do so). describes a politician who does not agree or vote with any particular political party specialized language describes a grammatical clause which forms part of a sentence but can also form a separate sentence

independent adjective (NOT RULED)

B2 An independent country is not governed or ruled by another country: Belize became fully independent from Britain in 1981. Tibet, once an independent country, is now ruled by China.

independent adjective (NOT HELPED)

B1 not taking help or money from other people: Grandma's very independent and does all her own shopping and cooking. I've always been financially independent.
independently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
B2 The two scientists both made the same discovery independently, at roughly the same time. Each part of the organization operates independently of the others.
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