The claims of either side have not been independently verified.
He likes that he isn't behoven to lobbyists and backers, that he can say what he says independently.
But studies have shown that suicide can be independently inherited.
1610s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + dependent. French independant is attested from c.1600; Italian independente from 1590s. Noun meaning "person not acting as part of a political party" is from 1808. Related: Independently.