- Freedom is defined as the state of being free, independent, without restrictions, or release from prison.
- 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.
freedom definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English fredom ; from Old English freodom: see free and amp; -dom
freedom definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The condition of being free of restraints.
- Liberty of the person from slavery, detention, or oppression.
- a. Political independence.b. Exemption from the arbitrary exercise of authority in the performance of a specific action; civil liberty: freedom of assembly.
- Exemption from an unpleasant or onerous condition: freedom from want.
- The capacity to exercise choice; free will: We have the freedom to do as we please all afternoon.
- Ease or facility of movement: loose sports clothing, giving the wearer freedom.
- Frankness or boldness; lack of modesty or reserve: the new freedom in movies and novels.
- a. The right to unrestricted use; full access: was given the freedom of their research facilities.b. The right of enjoying all of the privileges of membership or citizenship: the freedom of the city.
- A right or the power to engage in certain actions without control or interference: “the seductive freedoms and excesses of the picaresque form” (John W. Aldridge).
Origin: Middle English fredom, from Old English frēodōm : frēo, free; see free + -dōm, -dom.