›not influenced or controlled by the government or another organization: independent of sth/sbThe commission must remain independent of political control.completely/fully/totally independentThe charity is completely independent of government.The agency is an independent body which monitors standards in the industry.an independent adviser/auditor/expertindependent report/study/research
›POLITICSnot governed or ruled by another country: an independent nation/state/countryindependent from sth/sb Mexico became independent from Spain in 1821.
›COMMERCEnot part of a larger group of companies: The association represents independent retailers.an independent business/firm/storeThe 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.