civil libertiescivil liberties
liberties guaranteed to all individuals by law, custom, judicial interpretation, etc.; rights, as of speaking or acting as one likes, granted to citizens without governmental interference or restraint except as determined necessary for the public welfare
Fundamental individual rights, such as freedom of speech and religion, especially as protected from excessive governmental intrusion by constitutional guarantees.
- civil libertarian
(normally plural, singular civil liberty)
- Civil rights and freedoms such as the freedom from enslavement, freedom from torture, and right to a fair trial.