Pronunciation: (in"di-pen'dun-sē), [key]
1. independence (def. 1).
2. a territory not under the control of any other power.
3. (cap.) Eccles.
a. the principle that the individual congregation or church is an autonomous and equalitarian society free from any external ecclesiastical control.
b. the polity based on this principle.
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