Definition of INDEPENDENCE


INDEPENDENCE

A state of perfect irresponsibility to any
superior; the United States are free and independent of all earthly
power.

2. Independence may be divided into political and natural
independence. By the former is to be understood that we have
contracted no tie except those which flow from the three great
natural rights of safety, liberty and property. The latter consists
in the power of being able to enjoy a permanent well-being,
whatever may be the disposition of those from whom we call
ourselves independent. In that sense a nation may be independent
with regard to most people, but not independent of the whole world.
Vide on of Independence.

Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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