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[n] a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
[n] a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
[adj] of political bodies; "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state"
[adj] not dependent on or conditioned by or relative to anything else
[adj] not contingent
[adj] free from external control and constraint; "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"; "an independent republic"
[adj] (grammar) of a clause; able to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; "the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb"
[adj] not controlled by a party or interest group

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