Declaration of Independence
Independence In`de*pend"ence, n. [Cf. F. ind['e]pendance.] [1913 Webster] 1. The state or quality of being independent; freedom from dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control by, others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one's own affairs without interference. [1913 Webster]

Let fortune do her worst, . . . as long as she never makes us lose our honesty and our independence. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood. [1913 Webster]

{Declaration of Independence} (Amer. Hist.), the declaration of the Congress of the Thirteen United States of America, on the 4th of July, 1776, by which they formally declared that these colonies were free and independent States, not subject to the government of Great Britain. [1913 Webster]


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  • Declaration of Independence — Declaration Dec la*ra tion, n. [F. d[ e]claration, fr. L. declaratio, fr. declarare. See {Declare}.] 1. The act of declaring, or publicly announcing; explicit asserting; undisguised token of a ground or side taken on any subject; proclamation;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Declaration of Independence — Declaration of Independence, n. (Amer. Hist.) The document promugated, July 4, 1776, by the leaders of the thirteen British Colonies in America that they have formed an independent country. See note below. [PJC] Note: The Declaration of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Declaration of Independence — n. A document written by Thomas Jefferson and adopted by the thirteen colonies on July 4, 1776, listing the colonies’ grievances against England and declaring the colonies a separate nation free from allegiance to Great Britain. The Essential Law …   Law dictionary

  • Declaration of Independence — n. the formal statement, written by Thomas Jefferson and adopted July 4, 1776, by the Second Continental Congress, declaring the thirteen American colonies free and independent of Great Britain: there were fifty six signers …   English World dictionary

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  • Declaration of Independence — 1. the public act by which the Second Continental Congress, on July 4, 1776, declared the Colonies to be free and independent of England. 2. the document embodying it. * * * (July 4, 1776) Document approved by the Continental Congress that… …   Universalium

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