- An example of freedom is a bird being let out of a cage.
- An example of freedom is a woman regaining her independence after a controlling marriage is over.
- An example of freedom is the right of U.S. citizens to express their ideas and opinions.
- An example of freedom is a prisoner being let out of prison after serving their time.
- the state or quality of being free; esp.,
- exemption or liberation from the control of some other person or some arbitrary power; liberty; independence
- exemption from arbitrary restrictions on a specified civil right; civil or political liberty: freedom of speech
- exemption or immunity from a specified obligation, discomfort, etc.: freedom from want
- exemption or release from imprisonment
- a being able to act, move, use, etc. without hindrance or restraint: to have the freedom of the house
- a being able of itself to choose or determine action freely: freedom of the will
- ease of movement or performance; facility
- a being free from the usual rules, patterns, etc.
- frankness or easiness of manner; sometimes, an excessive frankness or familiarity
- a right or privilege
Origin of freedomMiddle English fredom from Old English freodom: see free and -dom
- a. The condition of not being in prison or captivity: gave the prisoners their freedom.b. The condition of being free of restraints, especially the ability to act without control or interference by another or by circumstance: In retirement they finally got the freedom to travel.
- a. The condition of not being controlled by another nation or political power; political independence.b. The condition of not being subject to a despotic or oppressive power; civil liberty.c. The condition of not being constrained or restricted in a specific aspect of life by a government or other power: freedom of assembly.d. The condition of not being a slave.
- a. The condition of not being affected or restricted by a given circumstance or condition: freedom from want.b. The condition of not being bound by established conventions or rules: The new style of painting gave artists new freedoms.
- The capacity to act by choice rather than by determination, as from fate or a deity; free will: We have the freedom to do as we please all afternoon.
- The right to unrestricted use; full access: was given the freedom of their research facilities.
- Ease or facility of movement: loose sports clothing, giving the wearer freedom.
- Archaic Boldness in behavior; lack of modesty or reserve.
Origin of freedomMiddle English fredom from Old English frēodōm frēo free ; see free . -dōm -dom
(countable and uncountable, plural freedoms)
- (uncountable) The state of being free, of not being imprisoned or enslaved.
- Having recently been released from prison, he didn't know what to do with his newfound freedom.
- (countable) The lack of a specific constraint, or of constraints in general; a state of being free, unconstrained.
- Freedom of speech is a basic democratic value.
- People in our city enjoy many freedoms.
- Every child has a right to freedom from fear and freedom from want.
- The phrase "freedom from" can have as an object: fear, want, hunger, pain, disease, stress, depression, debt, poverty, necessity, violence, war, advertising, addiction, etc.
From Middle English freedom, fredom, from Old English frēodōm (“freedom, state of free-will, charter, emancipation, deliverance”), from Proto-Germanic *frijadōmaz (“freedom”), equivalent to free + -dom. Cognate with North Frisian fridoem (“freedom”), Dutch vrijdom (“freedom”), Low German frīdom (“freedom”), Middle High German vrītuom (“freedom”), Norwegian fridom (“freedom”).