• WordNet 3.6
    • n independence the successful ending of the American Revolution "they maintained close relations with England even after independence"
    • n Independence a city in western Missouri; the beginning of the Santa Fe Trail
    • n independence freedom from control or influence of another or others
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Free and Independent Elector Free and Independent Elector
Independence Hall, Philadelphia Independence Hall, Philadelphia

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mt. Athos, in northern Greece, likes to call itself an independent country. It has a population of about 4,000 men. No females of any kind, including animals, are allowed. There are twenty monasteries within a space of twenty miles.
    • Independence Sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood.
    • Independence The state or quality of being independent; freedom from dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control by, others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one's own affairs without interference. "Let fortune do her worst, . . . as long as she never makes us lose our honesty and our independence ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pamela Lee-Anderson was the first to be born in Canada on the centennial anniversary of Canada's independence (7/1/1967).
    • n independence The state of being independent; exemption from dependence upon another or others, or from another's control; self-support or self-government.
    • n independence That which renders one independent; property or income sufficient to make one independent of others; a competency.
    • n independence In botany, the abnormal separation of organs or parts which are usually united.
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  • Kwame Nkrumah
    Kwame Nkrumah
    “The best way of learning to be an independent sovereign state is to be an independent sovereign state.”
  • Stephen R. Covey
    “Interdependency follows independence.”
  • William Cobbett
    William Cobbett
    “It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.”
  • Voltaire
    “The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force.”
  • Charles Churchill
    Charles Churchill
    “Genius is independent of situation.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. indépendance,


In literature:

The Irish army of Independence is already a subject of mockery.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Independence Day was observed by a parade and street speaking by Mrs. Colby, Mrs. Timanus and others.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Let us be independent of party, independent of everybody and everything except our own consciences and our own brains.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
The struggle for independence.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
All were attracted at first by the plants or the pheasants, and all dispersed about in happy independence.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
The principal arguments in support of independence may be comprehended under the four following heads.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
About gittin' to Independence Landin', or what's left of it, I'll tell you that when we pass Liberty Landin'.
"Bring Me His Ears" by Clarence E. Mulford
Reconciliation was thereafter no longer possible, and independence only a question of time.
"The United States and Latin America" by John Holladay Latané
Eugene grew more and more moody and rather restless under Stella's increasing independence.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
The inhabitants consist principally of hardy and independent yeomanry.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 14" by Various

In poetry:

My mountain hame, my mountain hame!
My kind, my independent mother;
While thought and feeling rule my frame,
Can I forget the mountain heather?
Scotland dear!
"My Mountain Hame" by Alexander Hume
"But them if we rate, or with rudeness repel,
Though some will be passive enough,
From others who 're more independent 'tis well
If we meet not a stinging rebuff."
"Weeding" by Charles Lamb
Let others toil to gain the sordid ore,
The charms of independence let us sing:
Bless'd with thy friendship, can I wish for more?
I'll spurn the boasted wealth of Lydia's king.
"Elegy IX. He Describes His Disinterestedness to a Friend" by William Shenstone
Burns—Nature's noblest, brightest, dearest son—
Large, loving heart, and independent mind
Were his—not to be bought, or warped, but won
To love and sympathy for all mankind.
"Centenary Poem" by Janet Hamilton
Ere every shop shall be a store
And every Trade a Trust . . .
Lo, many men in many lands
Know when their cause is just.
There will be quite a large attendance
When we Declare our Independence.
"Americanisation" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Then King James he waved his sword on high,
And cried, "Scotsmen, forward! and make the Saxons fly;
And remember Scotland's independence is at stake,
So charge them boldly for Scotland's sake."
"The Battle of Flodden Field" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Clashes in Sudan have rekindled since South Sudan's independence in July.
Every year before summer, The Santa Barbara Independent celebrates the blue of the waters and green of the lands that surround Santa Barbara.
RT @felixsalmon: Energy independence in 4 years.
Independent film 'The Boarder ' shines light on children with attachment issues.
Freedom, opportunity and independence are yours.
For many years the struggle has been going on in Poland to keep alive an independent intellectual life, free from censorship and official restrictions.
( SCOTT SMELTZER, HB Independent / May 1, 2012 ).
In a recent interview with the Independent, the Annuals/ Sunfold songwriting team of Adam Baker and Kenny Florence outlined the bands that helped shape their sound.
In addition, individual port bit rates can be freely and independently changed by their respective physical layer.
Northwest Public Radio is proud to be supported by independent booksellers across the Northwest.
Bradley Graham, who bought Politics & Prose in June 2011 with his wife Lissa Muscatine, talks about a deal the American Booksellers Association struck with Google so independent bookstores, like his, can sell e-books.
The owner of the local mall turned to a couple of independent out-of-state booksellers to keep the bookstore there operating.
Inklings Bookshop - located in Yakima, is a family owned independent bookstore celebrating its 11th year in business.
For fans of independent booksellers, the Last Bookstore in downtown L.A.
Why I Became An Independent Financial Advisor.

In science:

If S1 , S2 ⊆ L are sets of random variables, we say that S1 and S2 are independent sets if the two σ–algebras generated by {f −1(A) | f ∈ Si , A Borel subset of C} (i = 1, 2) are independent with respect to µ, and similarly for families of sets of random variables.
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
T (n) and D1(n) are independent matrix–valued random variables and T (n) and D2(n) are independent matrix–valued random variables.
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
If the initial data uǫ(t0 ) and θǫ(t0 ) is bounded, in L2 (Ω), independent of ǫ then C will also be independent of ǫ.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
Another property of probabilistic independence is that if U is independent of V then U is independent of V .
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
Random variables X and Y are independent with respect to plausibility measure Pl if the events X = x and Y = y are independent for all x  R(X ) and y  R(Y ).
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks