in·de·pen·dent adj1: not dependent on others (as parents) for livelihood; esp: not a dependentdeclared she was independent on her financial aid form2 a: not affiliated with another usu. larger unitan independent adjusterb: not contingent on something elsean independent promisein·de·pen·dence nin·de·pen·dent·ly adv
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
autarkic, autonomous, detached, disconnected, dissociated, free, freelance, irrelative, liber, masterless, neutral, nonpartisan, self-governing, self-reliant, self-subsistent, self-supporting, solutus, sovereign, unaffiliated, unallied, unassociated, unattached, unbound, unbridled, unchecked, uncommitted, unconnected, unconquered, uncontrolled, uncurbed, unencumbered, unenslaved, unenthralled, unfettered, unhindered, uninfluenced, unreined, unshackled, unsubjected, unvanquished
associated concepts: independent advice, independent agreement, independent cause, independent contractor, independent covenant, independent duty, independent negligence, independent tortfeasor, independently established
- lilud quod alteri unitur extinguitur neque amplius per se vacare licet — That which is united to another is extinguished, nor can it be independentII index alien (unrelated), apart, disparate, eccentric, foreign, free (enjoying civil liberty), free (not restricted), impartial, impertinent (irrelevant), individual, irrelative, neutral, nonconforming, nonpartisan, open-minded, peremptory (absolute), separate, several (separate), spontaneous, substantive, unbiased, unilateral, unprejudiced, unrelated, unrestrained (not in custody), unrestricted
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006