independent (ˌɪndɪˈpɛndənt) | |
—adj | |
1. | free from control in action, judgment, etc; autonomous |
2. | not dependent on anything else for function, validity, etc; separate: two independent units make up this sofa |
3. | not reliant on the support, esp financial support, of others |
4. | capable of acting for oneself or on one's own: a very independent little girl |
5. | providing a large unearned sum towards one's support (esp in the phrases independent income, independent means) |
6. | living on an unearned income |
7. | maths See also independent variable (of a system of equations) not linearly dependent |
8. | statistics |
a. (of two or more variables) distributed so that the value taken by one variable will have no effect on that taken by another or others | |
b. Compare statistical dependence (of two or more events) such that the probability of all occurring equals the product of their individual probabilities | |
9. | of a set of propositions logic |
a. not validly derivable from one another, so that if the propositions are the axioms of some theory none can be dispensed with | |
b. not logically related, so that in no case can the truth value of one be inferred from those of the others | |
—n | |
10. | an independent person or thing |
11. | a person who is not affiliated to or who acts independently of a political party |
inde'pendently | |
—adv |