I UK [ˌɪndɪˈpendənt] / US adjective ***
Get it right: independent:
The usual preposition to use with independent is of, not from:
Wrong: Credit cards make students feel independent from their parents.
Right: Credit cards make students feel independent of their parents.
Wrong: But I believe women have the right to be independent from men.
Right: But I believe women have the right to be independent of men. The pattern independent from is used only when we are talking about a country that is no longer governed by another country: Brunei became fully independent from the United Kingdom in 1984.  dependent
1) ruled by its own government, rather than controlled by another country

The republic was declared a fully independent state.

independent from:

The Republic of Brazil became independent from Portugal in 1822.

a) not employed or controlled by a company

Many TV companies commission all their programmes from independent producers.

b) not belonging to any political party

He stood as an independent candidate.

c) an independent school is not paid for or controlled by the government
2) fair because of not being influenced by anyone else

Seek independent legal advice before entering into an agreement.

There have been calls for an independent inquiry into the train crash.

Adverbs frequently used with independent
▪  completely, entirely, genuinely, totally, truly Nouns frequently used with independent
▪  advice, adviser, arbitration, body, expert, inquiry, observer, tribunal
a) not depending on other people for money
independent of:

His wages enabled him to become economically independent of his family.

b) not depending on other people for help, or preferring to do things by yourself

Even as a child he was fiercely (= very) independent.

4) not connected with or joined to anything else

The equipment has its own independent power supply.

independent of:

The incidents were completely independent of one another.

Derived word:
II UK [ˌɪndɪˈpendənt] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "independent":
singular independent plural independents
a politician who does not belong to any political party

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