[ adjective ] free from external control and constraint
"an independent mind" "a series of independent judgments" "fiercely independent individualism" "an independent republic"
[ adjective ] not dependent on or conditioned by or relative to anything else
[ adjective ] not contingent
[ adjective ] (politics) not controlled by a party or interest group
[ adjective ] (grammar) of a clause; able to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence
"the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb"