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independent

adjective
 
 
/ˌɪndɪˈpendənt/
not influenced or controlled by the government or another organization: independent of sth/sb The commission must remain independent of political control.completely/fully/totally independent The charity is completely independent of government. The agency is an independent body which monitors standards in the industry. an independent adviser/auditor/expert independent report/study/research
POLITICS not governed or ruled by another country: an independent nation/state/countryindependent from sth/sb Mexico became independent from Spain in 1821.
COMMERCE not part of a larger group of companies: The association represents independent retailers. an independent business/firm/store The band signed with an independent label. a leading independent producer of television programmes
privately financed and not receiving money from the government: pupils from state and independent schools
not taking help or money from other people: financially/economically independent
not involved in a situation so able to judge it fairly: It's important to seek independent advice.
(Definition of independent adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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