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 for independent variable
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Independent \In`de*pend"ent\, a. [Pref. in- not + dependent: cf.
     F. ind['e]pendant.]
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     1. Not dependent; free; not subject to control by others; not
        relying on others; not subordinate; as, few men are wholly
        independent.
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              A dry, but independent crust.         --Cowper.
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     2. Affording a comfortable livelihood; as, an independent
        property.
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     3. Not subject to bias or influence; not obsequious;
        self-directing; as, a man of an independent mind.
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     4. Expressing or indicating the feeling of independence;
        free; easy; bold; unconstrained; as, an independent air or
        manner.
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     5. Separate from; exclusive; irrespective.
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              That obligation in general, under which we conceive
              ourselves bound to obey a law, independent of those
              resources which the law provides for its own
              enforcement.                          --R. P. Ward.
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     6. (Eccl.) Belonging or pertaining to, or holding to the
        doctrines or methods of, the Independents.
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     7. (Math.) Not dependent upon another quantity in respect to
        value or rate of variation; -- said of quantities or
        functions.
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     8. (U. S. Politics) Not bound by party; exercising a free
        choice in voting with either or any party.
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     Independent company (Mil.), one not incorporated in any
        regiment.
  
     Independent seconds watch, a stop watch having a second
        hand driven by a separate set of wheels, springs, etc.,
        for timing to a fraction of a second.
  
     Independent variable. (Math.) See Dependent variable,
        under Dependent.
  
     Syn: Free; uncontrolled; separate; uncoerced; self-reliant;
          bold; unconstrained; unrestricted.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Variable \Va"ri*a*ble\, n.
     1. That which is variable; that which varies, or is subject
        to change.
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     2. (Math.) A quantity which may increase or decrease; a
        quantity which admits of an infinite number of values in
        the same expression; a variable quantity; as, in the
        equation x^{2 - y^{2} = R^{2}, x and y are variables.
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     3. (Naut.)
        (a) A shifting wind, or one that varies in force.
        (b) pl. Those parts of the sea where a steady wind is not
            expected, especially the parts between the trade-wind
            belts.
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     Independent variable (Math.), that one of two or more
        variables, connected with each other in any way whatever,
        to which changes are supposed to be given at will. Thus,
        in the equation x^{2 - y^{2} = R^{2}, if arbitrary
        changes are supposed to be given to x, then x is the
        independent variable, and y is called a function of x.
        There may be two or more independent variables in an
        equation or problem. Cf. Dependent variable, under
        Dependent.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  independent variable
      n 1: (statistics) a variable whose values are independent of
           changes in the values of other variables [syn: independent
           variable, experimental variable]

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