Definition of "Independent" :
noun: a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
noun: a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
adjective: free from external control and constraint
"An independent mind."
adjective: (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence
"The main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb."
adjective: not controlled by a party or interest group
adjective: (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces