mav·er·ick (măvər-ĭk, măvrĭk)
1. A person who shows independence of thought and action, especially by refusing to adhere to the policies of a group to which that person belongs.
2. An unbranded range animal, especially a calf that has become separated from its mother, traditionally considered the property of the first person who brands it.
Characterized by or displaying independence of thought and action: maverick politicians; a maverick decision.
[Possibly after Samuel Augustus Maverick (1803-1870), American cattleman who left the calves in his herd unbranded .]
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