Meaning of “independence” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun [ U ] us uk /ˌɪndɪˈpendəns/

B2 the quality of being able to look after yourself and not need money, help, or permission from other people:

My parents gave me a lot of independence.
Many old people are afraid of losing their independence.

More examples

  • She didn't want to give up her independence.
  • She had grown used to her independence.
  • The camps give the children a taste of independence.
  • Having a car gave him some independence.
  • I admired her for her independence.

B2 a situation in which a country has its own government and is not ruled by another country:

Mexico gained its independence from Spain in l821.

(Definition of “independence” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)