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independent

in·de·pend·ent

independent

 
 
pronunciation:
In dih pen dnt
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not ruled by another; self-governing.
an independent nation
synonyms:
autonomous, free, sovereign
antonyms:
dependent
similar words:
irresponsible
definition 2: separate or unconnected.
an independent circuit
synonyms:
detached, discrete, distinct, individual, isolated, separate, unattached
antonyms:
concerted, connected, dependent, subject
similar words:
autonomous, free, freestanding, single
definition 3: not needing the support or advice of another; self-sufficient.
an independent person who asks little of others
synonyms:
self-reliant, self-sufficient, self-supporting
antonyms:
dependent, helpless, slavish
similar words:
carefree, freewheeling, proud, solvent, unattached, well-fixed
definition 4: having no affiliation to any political party or organization.
similar words:
neutral, nonpartisan
 
part of speech: noun
definition: one who is not a member of any political party, or one who votes without regard to party affiliations.
similar words:
nonpartisan
derivation: independently (adv.)
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The word independent contains the following parts:
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