Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English(4th edition) 1 political freedom from control by the government of another country : 〔 +from 〕 Nigeria gained independence from Britain in 1960. 2 the time when a country becomes politically independent The country has made great advances since independence. 3 the freedom and ability to make your own decisions in life, without having to ask other people for permission, help, or money Having a job gives you financial independence.
Experience When I was a young girl, my father always told me that I needed to be an independent person and stood no my own to solve problems. I remembered that my father took me to climb when I was 5. We went to the top of the mountain by way of a small stream. My father did not carry me to cross the stream. He asked me to choose the way which is not dangerous and cross the stream on my own. If I chose the wrong or unsafe place, he would tell me and gave me reasons why I could not go in this road. He often let me make a decision no matter where we were and what problems we faced. My father trained me to be an independent person, as boys were.
Independence is the self-government of a nation, country, or state by its residents and population, or some portion thereof, generally exercising sovereignty.self-governmentnationcountrystatesovereignty The term independence is used in contrast to subjugation, which refers to a region as a "territory" —subject to the political and military control of an external government. The word is sometimes used in a weaker sense to contrast with hegemony, the indirect control of one nation by another, more powerful nation.governmenthegemony Independence can be the initial status of an emerging nation (often filling a political void), but is often an emancipation from some dominating power. It can be argued that independence is a negative definition: the state of not being controlled by another power through colonialism, expansionism or imperialism. Independence may be obtained by decolonization, or by separation or dissolution.nationdefinitioncolonialismexpansionismimperialism decolonization Although the last three can often coincide with it, they are not to be confused with revolution, which typically refers to the violent overthrow of a ruling authority. This sometimes only aims to redistribute power—with or without an element of emancipation, such as in democratization—within a state, which as such may remain unaltered. The Russian October Revolution, for example, was not intended to seek national independence; the United States Revolutionary War, however, was revolutionviolentdemocratization Russian October RevolutionUnited States Revolutionary War
Independence is the self-government of a nation, country, or state by its residents and population, or some portion thereof, generally exercising sovereignty.self-governmentnationcountrystatesovereignty A personification of independence as represented by a statue in The American Adventure in the World Showcase pavilion of Walt Disney World's Epcot.personificationstatueThe American AdventureWalt Disney WorldEpcot