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

    A neutral or uncommitted person.

    free, autonomous, selfstanding

    dependent, contingent

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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How to use independent in a sentence?

  1. Renad Mansour:

    There is a lack of clarity as to who is in charge, what procedure is the legal procedure. Everyone is doing their own thing. The government institutions meant to monitor this process are neither independent nor powerful.

  2. W. Somerset Maugham:

    It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    I'm asking every Democrat, I'm asking every independent, I'm asking a lot of Republicans to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy.

  4. Scott Galloway:

    I think you're naturally seeing what I would call a well deserved and well earned gag reflex around this idea, they're trying to do everything right : Set up an independent body in Switzerland, make it a nonprofit. But there's one problem... it comes from Facebook. And people just are like,' Burn me a million times, shame on you, burn me a million and one times, shame on me.'.

  5. Ben Carson:

    I think that the Republican Party has a splendid opportunity to make the case that we want those people who are dependent in our society to be independent, we're creative people. If we use our resources, we can lift people out of poverty as well.

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