1. (obsolete) Independence.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 19:
      All young creatures, thought I, more or less, covet independency […].
    • 1776 August 11, William Howe and Richard Howe, letter sent from North America to Europe with a copy of the United States Declaration of Independence:
      A printed copy of this Declaration of Independency came accidentally to our hands a few days after the dispatch of the Mercury packet, and we have the honor to enclose it.
  2. An independent territory or state.

Proper noun
  1. (ecclesiastical history) The principle that each individual religious congregation is free from any external ecclesiastical control, as by a bishop.

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