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Pronunciation: /ˌɪndɪˈpendənt/

Translation of independent in Spanish:


independent school
  • 1 1.1 [person/thinker] independiente; [income] independiente, propio, personal a person of independent means una persona que dispone de rentas I also did some independent reading también leí por cuenta propia independent of sb/sth independiente de algn/algo
    Example sentences
    • Neddy was a very independent person who lived life quietly in Ballingarry.
    • It's hard to go from a very, independent woman to depending on others.
    • You think of yourself as independent, you want to be independent, but you depend on Alex more than anyone.
    Example sentences
    • From about the early 1880s he had independent income and so he devoted himself to the problem of flight.
    1.2 [Politics/Política] [state/country] independiente Senegal became independent in 1960 Senegal obtuvo la independencia or se independizó en 1960
    Example sentences
    • The six-country tour will also underpin the fact that the island is a sovereign, independent country, he said.
    • Bangladesh later separated from Pakistan and East Timor which at the time was a Portuguese colony but is now an independent country.
    • If New Zealand is to develop as a fully independent country we must give all our people equal access to justice, and not just a privileged few.
    Example sentences
    • When the matter went to Parliament, all political parties supported an independent Complaints Commission.
    • Support for independent candidates and smaller parties has also risen, but in the locals rather than the Euro elections.
    • The few independent candidates with political potential are quickly recruited by the parties.
  • 2 2.1 (not part of larger group) [company/newspaper/candidate] independiente 2.2 (not state-run) (British English/inglés británico) particular, privado; [sector] privado; [television/radio] privado
    Example sentences
    • Academies are independent schools funded by public money.
    • The bill would have introduced a public benefit test for independent schools ensuring they prove they offer a benefit to the public and not just fee-payers.
    • The Department for Education and Skills said no formal approach had been made by the schools, but it was not government policy to fund independent schools.
    2.3 (disinterested) [inquiry/survey] independiente; [witness/observer] imparcial, independiente
    Example sentences
    • He said the matter deserves an impartial, independent investigation.
    • The European Convention on Human Rights demands a fair trial before an independent and impartial tribunal.
    • Under such circumstances, how can one ensure a fair and independent investigation?
    Example sentences
    • Outside controls or independent reviews could have provided such safeguards.
    • There is an area that remains more or less independent of the control of the government.
    • These agencies were entrusted with independent legislative authority on a federal level.
  • 3 (separate, unrelated) independiente by independent routes por distintos caminos to be independent of sth ser* independiente de algo independent clause [Linguistics/Lingüística] oración (feminine) independiente
    Example sentences
    • Sponge cells perform a variety of bodily functions and appear to be more independent of each other than are the cells of other animals.
    • If the value of an element is independent of the presence of another element, both elements are said to be independent from each other.
    • The different functions can often be assigned to conserved amino acid motifs which are separated into independent structural units.


  • 2 [Business/Comercio] (company) compañía (feminine) independiente

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