noun, plural in·de·pend·en·cies.

  1. independence(def 1).
  2. a territory not under the control of any other power.
  3. (initial capital letter) Ecclesiastical.
    1. the principle that the individual congregation or church is an autonomous and equalitarian society free from any external ecclesiastical control.
    2. the polity based on this principle.

noun plural -cies

  1. a territory or state free from the control of any other power
  2. another word for independence


  1. (esp in the Congregational Church) the principle upholding the independence of each local church or congregation

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