Meaning of “independence” in the English Dictionary

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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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  • Britain conceded independence to India in 1948.
  • The country declared independence in 1952.
  • Mexico gained its independence from Spain in l821.
  • The country has been able to celebrate the return of its independence so brutally snuffed out in 1940.
  • They were the only country to argue for even token recognition of the Baltic states' independence.

(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 /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.
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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