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English definition of “independent”

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 / country independent 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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