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Meaning of semi-independent

sem•i-in•de•pend•ent

Pronunciation: (sem"ē-in"di-pen'dunt), [key]
— adj.
  1. (of a political entity) having substantial self-government in regard to local matters but subordinate in such external matters as foreign policy; semiautonomous.
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