Meaning of “independent” - Learner’s Dictionary

independent

adjective us uk /ˌɪndɪˈpendənt/
The country has been independent since 1948.He went there after Slovakia became an independent country.The Central African Republic became fully independent from France in 1960.The Republic of Cuba became independent in 1902.The college is independent of the university.
RULE

B2 not controlled or ruled by anyone else:

an independent state/company
The group is independent of any political party.
NEED

B1 not wanting or needing anyone else to help you or do things for you:

She's a proud, independent woman.
INFLUENCE

B2 not influenced by anyone or anything else:

an independent expert/study
independently adverb

B2

to operate independently
She can no longer live independently.

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