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Meaning of liberty by Wiktionary Dictionary

liberty


    Etymology

    From Middle English liberte, from Old French liberte, from Latin libertas ( “freedom” ), from liber ( “free” ); see liberal .

    Pronunciation

    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈlɪbɚti/

    Noun

    liberty ( plural: liberties )

    1. The condition of being free from control or restrictions .
      The army is here, your liberty is assured .
    2. The condition of being free from imprisonment, slavery or forced labour .
      The prisoners gained their liberty from an underground tunnel .
    3. The condition of being free to act, believe or express oneself as one chooses .
      The prisoners were at liberty to speak freely with their lawyers .
    4. Freedom from excess government control .
    5. A short period when a sailor is allowed ashore .
      We're going on a three-day liberty as soon as we dock .
    6. A breach of social convention ( often liberties ) .
      You needn't take such liberties .
    7. A local government unit in medieval England – see liberty .

    Synonyms

    External links

    • liberty in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • liberty in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of liberty by Wordnet Dictionary

liberty


    Noun
    1. an act of undue intimacy

    2. immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence

    3. freedom of choice

    4. liberty of opinion
      liberty of worship
      liberty--perfect liberty--to think or feel or do just as one pleases
      at liberty to choose whatever occupation one wishes
    5. personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression

    6. leave granted to a sailor or naval officer