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independent

in·de·pend·ent

independent

 
 
pronunciation:
In dih pen dnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not ruled by another; ruling oneself.
France is an independent nation.
synonyms:
free, sovereign
antonyms:
dependent
definition 2: separate or without connection.
This telephone line is independent from the others in the building.
synonyms:
distinct, individual, separate
antonyms:
connected, dependent, subject
similar words:
free, single
definition 3: not needing the support or advice of another; self-sufficient.
She makes enough money to be an independent person.
synonyms:
self-sufficient
antonyms:
dependent, helpless
similar words:
carefree, proud
derivation: independently (adv.)
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in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.
pend, pens Latin root that means hang; weigh; spend