1 : freedom from outside control or support : the state of being independent
They are fighting for independence from colonial rule. [=fighting because they want to stop being a colony ruled by another country]
Her ambition is to achieve financial independence. [=to earn all the money she needs; to not depend on money given by anyone else]
She asserted her independence from her parents by getting her own apartment.
The country declared (its) independence. [=said that it would no longer accept the rule of another country]
a war of independence [=a war that is fought to gain independence]
He has shown a fierce independence of spirit/thought.
2 [noncount] : the time when a country or region gains political freedom from outside control
A month after independence, elections were held.