independent: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (in"di-pen'dunt), [key]
- not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself: an independent thinker.
- not subject to another's authority or jurisdiction; autonomous; free: an independent businessman.
- not influenced by the thought or action of others: independent research.
- not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc.
- not relying on another or others for aid or support.
- rejecting others' aid or support; refusing to be under obligation to others.
- possessing a competency: to be financially independent.
- sufficient to support a person without his having to work: an independent income.
- executed or originating outside a given unit, agency, business, etc.; external: an independent inquiry.
- working for oneself or for a small, privately owned business.
- expressive of a spirit of independence; self-confident; unconstrained: a free and independent citizen.
- free from party commitments in voting: the independent voter.
- (of a quantity or function) not depending upon another for its value.
- capable of standing syntactically as a complete sentence:Cf. dependent (def. 4), (def. 4). an independent clause.
- (of a set of propositions) having no one proposition deducible from the others.
- (of a proposition) belonging to such a set.
- (cap.)of or pertaining to the Independents.
- irrespective of; regardless of: Independent of monetary considerations, it was a promising position.
- an independent person or thing.
- a small, privately owned business: The conglomerates are buying up the independents.
- a person who votes for candidates, measures, etc., in accordance with his or her own judgment and without regard to the endorsement of, or the positions taken by, any party.
- (cap.)an adherent of Independency.
- a Congregationalist.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.