1. The state or quality of being independent.
2. Archaic Sufficient income for comfortable self-support; a competence.
independence - freedom from control or influence of another or others
freedom - the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints
autonomy, liberty - immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence
autarchy, autarky - economic independence as a national policy
self-direction, self-reliance, self-sufficiency, autonomy - personal independence
separateness - political independence