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Meaning of liberty by Wiktionary Dictionary



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


    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈlɪbɚti/


    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 .


    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


    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