liberty of conscience

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liberty of conscience (uncountable)

  1. The freedom to follow one's religious or ethical beliefs.
    • 1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, The Essayes, [], printed at London: [] Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      , II.19:
      the Emperor Julian useth the same receipt of libertie of conscience, to enkindle the trouble of civill dissention, which our Kings employ to extinguish.
    • 2010, Alistair Cooke, The Guardian, 12 June 1957:
      The 1620 ship brought a small company of brave men and women to plant here liberty of conscience denied them in their homeland.