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absolute in grammar, syntactically independent, or nearly so, as "the weather being chilly" in the sentence "The weather being chilly, we stayed home." [1/7 definitions]
acrostic a sequence of written lines in which particular letters, usu. the first letter of every line, form an independent word or phrase. [1/2 definitions]
Antigua and Barbuda an independent state in the Caribbean Sea made up of three islands.
autonomous free and independent, as a state or an organism; self-governing.
autonomy a group or state that is free, independent, and self-governing. [1/2 definitions]
Baltic States the independent countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, formerly parts of the Soviet Union.
blind trust certain personal assets, such as stocks, placed under the confidential management of an independent trustee, as in an effort to avoid conflict of interest during one's term of public office. [1/2 definitions]
Brunei an independent Asian country under British protection, on the north coast of Borneo.
cartel an international group of independent businesses formed to control production and prices and to restrict competition in certain business enterprises. [1/2 definitions]
Church of England the national church of England, which is Catholic in form but incorporates some Protestant beliefs and is independent of the papacy.
colonialism the policy or practices of a nation extending or maintaining control over previously independent territories.
complex sentence a sentence composed of a main or independent clause and one or more dependent or subordinate clauses, such as "This is an independent clause, whereas this is a dependent clause".
compound sentence a sentence composed of two or more independent clauses, which are usu. linked by a conjunction, such as "The sky darkened and the wind howled".
Corp. abbreviation of "Corporation," an association of persons recognized by law and authorized to carry out certain functions with powers independent of the individual members (used in a proper name).
corporation an association of persons recognized by law and authorized to carry out certain functions with powers independent of the individual members. [1/2 definitions]
Declaration of Independence the public document by which the United States of America was declared to be free and independent of England in 1776.
dependent clause a clause that is syntactically not a complete sentence and is used only with an independent clause where it has the function of a noun, adjective, or adverb, such as "when he arrived" in "He seemed tired when he arrived"; subordinate clause; relative clause.
dichromatic having two color phases independent of sex or age, as some insects and birds. [1/3 definitions]
Eurocommunism a type of communism favored in some Western European nations, claimed to be independent of the Russian Communist party.
external degree a college or university diploma awarded to a nonmatriculated student who has earned credit through work experience, nonacademic training, independent study, or the passing of proficiency examinations.
feeling a general consciousness, perception, or sensation more or less independent of intellectual or physical activity. [1/9 definitions]