Independent

Definition of Independent

In`de`pend´ent
a.1.
1.Not dependent; free; not subject to control by others; not relying on others; not subordinate; as, few men are wholly independent.
A dry, but independent crust.
- Cowper.
2.Affording a comfortable livelihood; as, an independent property.
3.Not subject to bias or influence; not obsequious; self-directing; as, a man of an independent mind.
4.Expressing or indicating the feeling of independence; free; easy; bold; unconstrained; as, an independent air or manner.
5.Separate from; exclusive; irrespective.
That obligation in general, under which we conceive ourselves bound to obey a law, independent of those resources which the law provides for its own enforcement.
- R. P. Ward.
6.(Eccl.) Belonging or pertaining to, or holding to the doctrines or methods of, the Independents.
7.(Math.) Not dependent upon another quantity in respect to value or rate of variation; - said of quantities or functions.
8.(U. S. Politics) Not bound by party; exercising a free choice in voting with either or any party.
Independent company
(Mil.) one not incorporated in any regiment.
Independent seconds watch
a stop watch having a second hand driven by a separate set of wheels, springs, etc., for timing to a fraction of a second.
Independent variable
(Math.) See Dependent variable, under Dependent.
n.1.(Eccl.) One who believes that an organized Christian church is complete in itself, competent to self-government, and independent of all ecclesiastical authority.
2.(Politics) One who does not acknowledge an obligation to support a party's candidate under all circumstances; one who exercises liberty in voting.

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