Synonyms of independent


1. mugwump, independent, fencesitter, individualist

usage: a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)

2. freelancer, freelance, free-lance, free lance, independent, self-employed person, worker

usage: a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them


1. independent (vs. dependent), autarkic, autarkical, autonomous, self-directed, self-reliant, autonomous, breakaway, fissiparous, separatist, commutative, free-living, nonparasitic, nonsymbiotic, indie, individual, case-by-case, item-by-item, self-sufficient, self-sufficing, self-sustaining, self-supporting, single-handed, strong-minded, unaffiliated, unconditional, free, separate

usage: free from external control and constraint; "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"

2. autonomous, independent, self-governing, sovereign, free (vs. unfree)

usage: (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces; "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state"

3. independent (vs. dependent), main(prenominal)

usage: (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence; "the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb"

4. independent, nonpartisan (vs. partisan), nonpartizan

usage: not controlled by a party or interest group

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