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"independence" in British English

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independencenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dəns/
B2 freedom from being ​governed or ​ruled by another ​country: Mexico gainedits independence from Spain in 1821.B1 the ​ability to ​liveyourlife without being ​helped or ​influenced by other ​people: It's ​important that ​parents should ​allowtheirchildren some independence.

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

"independence" in Business English

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independencenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˌɪndɪˈpendəns/
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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