Independent Or Independant – How To Spell It Correctly

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Spelling correctly is essential in academic writing because spelling errors can lead to misunderstandings and complications in terms of communication and context. One of the main reasons why these errors can occur is due to similar but different spelling variations in other languages. A very common spelling mistake can occur when the word “independent” is used. The following article focuses on all the aspects you need to know about it.

The correct spelling of “independent”

The word “independent” functions as an adjective and as a noun, and has only one correct spelling. It derives from the Latin word “independens,” which literally translates to “not hanging from anything.” Today, the word “independent” holds the meaning of “not controlled by others” or “not reliant on something/someone.” When used as a noun, “independent” refers to someone not determined by someone or something else.

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“Independent” consists of two parts which are the prefix “in-,” which usually indicates being the opposite or the contrary of something, and the adjective “dependent,” which means to be determined by something. The most common mistake occurring in the spelling of “independent” is spelling it with an “a” instead of an “e” at the end. This is due to spelling variations in other languages, such as French, where it is spelled “indépendant” (or “indépendante” in its feminine form). It is important to note that phonetic similarities across dialects or accents can also cause confusion.

Examples: “Independent” as an adjective

  • Modern feminism advocates the equality of genders and more independent women.
  • Becoming financially independent is important for moving out of your parents’ home.

Examples: “Independent” as a noun

  • Independents are getting more attention in society due to mistrust in the government.
  • The party of the Independents opposed the new bill of the organization.

Mnemonic for spelling “independent”

Despite the difficult spelling of “independent,” there is a helpful mnemonic to remember the correct spelling.

Note: A useful tip to remember the correct spelling is that “independent” has smaller words inside it, such as “depend,” “dependent,” and “dent.”


“Independent” is an adjective and a noun and means not to be subjected to the control of others or someone who is not controlled by other forces. “Independant” is a common spelling mistake and does not exist.

The correct spelling of the word “independent” in British English is “independent.” It consists of the prefix “in-” and the adjective “dependent.”

“The independent” and “the independence” are related nouns, but entail two different meanings. Independent as a noun refers to an individual that is not reliant on someone else’s authority. “Independence,” on the other hand, refers to the state of not being dependent or reliant on other influences.

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