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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).Freedom to actOpportunity describes a politician who does not agree or vote with any particular political partyPolitics specialized language describes a grammatical clause which forms part of a sentence but can also form a separate sentenceGrammatical terms

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.Colonisation and self-government

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.Unaided and working alone
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.Freedom to actOpportunity
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