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independence

noun [U] uk   /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dəns/ us  
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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