alone, unrestrictedly, autonomously, without support, without assistance, separately, exclusive of, without regard to, of one's own volition, by oneself, on one's own, all by one's lonesome*; see also freely 2, individually.
Immediately after the battle of Rieti a Carbonarist mutiny broke out in Piedmont independently of events in the south.
Kiera had suspected Romas to be independently wealthy by his complete lack of concern for being anywhere but with Evelyn for the last three months.
They did not dedicate each day in turn to its astrological planet; and it is therefore precarious to assume that the Sabbath was in its origin what it is in the astrological week, the day sacred to Saturn, and that its observance is to be derived from an ancient Hebrew worship of that planet.4 The week, however, is found in various parts of the world in a form that has nothing to do with astrology or the seven planets, and with such a distribution as to make it pretty certain that it had no artificial origin, but suggested itself independently, and for natural reasons, to different races.
This is independently suggested by the contents and vicissitudes of the purely ecclesiastical traditions.'
So the way in which these people killed one another was not decided by Napoleon's will but occurred independently of him, in accord with the will of hundreds of thousands of people who took part in the common action.