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English definition of “independent”

independent

adjective
 
 
/ˌɪndɪˈpendənt/
RULE B2 not controlled or ruled by anyone else: an independent state/company The group is independent of any political party.Freedom to actOpportunity
NEED B1 not wanting or needing anyone else to help you or do things for you: She's a proud, independent woman.Confidence and self-assuranceShowing arrogance and conceitUnaided and working alone
INFLUENCE B2 not influenced by anyone or anything else: an independent expert/studyFreedom to actOpportunity
independently adverb B2 to operate independently She can no longer live independently.
(Definition of independent adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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