What is another word for independent?

Synonyms for independent
ˌɪn dɪˈpɛn dəntin·de·pen·dent

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  1. independentadjective

    autonomous, free, selfstanding

    dependent, contingent

  2. independentadjective

    not dependent; not contingent or depending on something else; free

    autonomous, selfstanding, free

    dependent, contingent

  3. independentadjective

    not affiliated with any political party

    selfstanding, autonomous, free

    contingent, dependent

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mugwump, independent, fencesitternoun

    a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)

    mugwump, free-lance, freelancer, free lance, freelance, fencesitter, self-employed person

    helpless, mutualist, unfree, leechlike, parasitical, reliant, babelike, bloodsucking, underage, partisan, subordinate, symbiotic, partizan, myrmecophilous, dependent, parasitic, interdependent, mutually beneficial

  2. freelancer, freelance, free-lance, free lance, independent, self-employed personadjective

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

    fencesitter, mugwump, free-lance, freelancer, free lance, freelance, self-employed person

    subordinate, leechlike, bloodsucking, mutually beneficial, dependent, symbiotic, mutualist, partisan, parasitical, parasitic, babelike, partizan, unfree, helpless, myrmecophilous, underage, reliant, interdependent

  3. independentadjective

    free from external control and constraint

    "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"

    self-governing, autonomous, main(a), sovereign

    bloodsucking, underage, mutually beneficial, babelike, leechlike, mutualist, symbiotic, partizan, dependent, partisan, interdependent, helpless, myrmecophilous, subordinate, unfree, parasitical, reliant, parasitic

  4. autonomous, independent, self-governing, sovereignadjective

    (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces

    "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state"

    main(a), self-reliant, supreme, autonomous, sovereign, self-governing, self-directed

    symbiotic, myrmecophilous, mutually beneficial, interdependent, leechlike, unfree, babelike, dependent, bloodsucking, underage, partizan, helpless, mutualist, partisan, parasitical, subordinate, reliant, parasitic

  5. independent, main(a)adjective

    (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"

    subordinate, mutualist, reliant, symbiotic, partisan, dependent, leechlike, bloodsucking, interdependent, parasitic, babelike, partizan, parasitical, unfree, underage, helpless, myrmecophilous, mutually beneficial

  6. independentadjective

    not controlled by a party or interest group

    self-governing, autonomous, main(a), sovereign

    parasitic, parasitical, myrmecophilous, unfree, reliant, mutually beneficial, babelike, bloodsucking, mutualist, leechlike, subordinate, underage, helpless, partisan, symbiotic, dependent, partizan, interdependent

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. independentadjective

    unrelated, unconnected, free, self-directing, unrestricted, unrestrained, absolute, not dependent, not subordinate

  2. independentadjective

    unconstrained, easy, bold

  3. independentadjective


Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. independentadjective

    self-governing, autonomous, self-reliant, exclusive, irrespective, affluent

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  1. Harley LeBon:

    It is puzzling to me as to why Maryland Child Protective Services continues to accuse these parents of being negligent under a law which seemingly applies to children being left alone in buildings or cars, now it appears Child Protective Services have stretched the law to apply to walking home from a school and to a playground ? I guess the question to consider is,' Is Child Protective Services the state's job to determine whether our children are independent enough to walk to and from the playground or is it the parent's decision ?'.

  2. Anthony Coley:

    Department leadership will soon meet with reporters to hear their concerns about recent notices and further convey Attorney General Garland's staunch support of and commitment to a free and independent press.

  3. Jake Weigler:

    He is a very independent individual who's never been swayed by public opinion or what the party establishment tells him to do.

  4. Alexis Tsipras:

    I stressed, once more, I made clear, that in Greece, the Greek judiciary is totally independent, at the same time I underlined what I have repeatedly stated, that for the Greek government, coupists, from any country - from Turkey in this case - or anyone who attempts the breakdown of democratic order, are not welcome in our country.

  5. Michael Horowitz:

    The inspector general community will continue to conduct aggressive, independent oversight of the agencies that we oversee, this includes CIGIE's Pandemic Response Accountability Committee and its efforts on behalf of American taxpayers, families, businesses, patients, and health care providers to ensure that over $2 trillion dollars in emergency federal spending is being used consistently with the law's mandate.

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