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"independence" in British English

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independencenoun [U]

uk   /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dəns/ us   /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dəns/
B2 freedom from being governed or ruled by another country: Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821.
B1 the ability to live your life without being helped or influenced by other people: It's important that parents should allow their children some independence.

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(Definition of independence from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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independencenoun [U]

uk   /ˌɪndɪˈpendəns/ us  
POLITICS freedom to make laws or decisions without being governed or controlled by another country, organization, etc.: gain/win/declare independence The country gained its independence in 1991. grant/give/guarantee independence The new government will break up state-owned monopolies and guarantee the central bank's independence.independence from sth/sb The island won independence from France in 1960. economic/political/professional independence The constitution ensures the independence of the judiciary.
the state of wanting or being able to do things for yourself and make your own decisions, without help or influence from other people: As a manager he is known for his independence of mind. financial/personal independence
(Definition of independence from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“independence” in Business English

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