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See also: Liberty
- The condition of being free from control or restrictions.
The army is here, your liberty is assured.
2014 July 5, “Freedom fighter”, in The Economist, volume 412, number 8894:
- [Edmund] Burke continued to fight for liberty later on in life. He backed Americans in their campaign for freedom from British taxation. He supported Catholic freedoms and freer trade with Ireland, in spite of his constituents’ ire. He wanted more liberal laws on the punishment of debtors.
- The condition of being free from imprisonment, slavery or forced labour.
The prisoners gained their liberty from an underground tunnel.
- The condition of being free to act, believe or express oneself as one chooses.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
- Freedom from excessive government control.
2012 December 14, Simon Jenkins, “We mustn't overreact to North Korea boys' toys”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 2, page 23:
- The threat of terrorism to the British lies in the overreaction to it of British governments. Each one in turn clicks up the ratchet of surveillance, intrusion and security. Each one diminishes liberty.
- A short period when a sailor is allowed ashore.
We're going on a three-day liberty as soon as we dock.
- A breach of social convention (often liberties).
You needn't take such liberties.
- A local government unit in medieval England – see liberty.
condition of being free
- liberty in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- liberty in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
liberty m (invariable)