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In dih pen dnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not ruled by another; self-governing.
an independent nation
autonomous, free, sovereign
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definition 2: separate or unconnected.
an independent circuit
detached, discrete, distinct, individual, isolated, separate, unattached
concerted, connected, dependent, subject
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autonomous, free, freestanding, single
definition 3: not needing the support or advice of another; self-sufficient.
an independent person who asks little of others
self-reliant, self-sufficient, self-supporting
dependent, helpless, slavish
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carefree, freewheeling, proud, solvent, unattached, well-fixed
definition 4: having no affiliation to any political party or organization.
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neutral, nonpartisan
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adverb + (adj.)independent economically, fiercely, financially, formerly, newly, politically, relatively, supposedly, wholly
(adj.)independent + noun agency, analyst, audit, auditor, banker, bookstore, candidacy, candidate, commission, confirmation, consultant, contractor, counsel, curator, distributor, entity, entrepreneur, evaluation, expenditure, film, filmmaker, format, homeland, inquiry, investigation, investigator, journalist, judgment, judiciary, label, learner, living, monitoring, observer, operator, organization, oversight, panel, predictor, producer, prosecutor, provider, rater, regression, republic, retailer, review, sample, scholar, sector, state, statute, streak, supplier, suspension, television, testing, thinker, thinking, validation, variable, verification  [See all][See only the most frequent]
part of speech: noun
definition: one who is not a member of any political party, or one who votes without regard to party affiliations.
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adjective + (n.)independent autonomous, conservative, liberal, minor, registered, remaining, self-described, so-called, weekly
verb + (n.)independent appeal, attract, declare, register, switch
(n.)independent + verb compete, favor, lean, split, swing, vote
noun + (n.)independent Help appeal, ballot, energy, existence, majority, moderate, newspaper, party, percent, poll, primary, psychology, supporter, variance, vote, voter
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