- Liberty is defined as freedom from captivity or control.
An example of liberty is the ability to go where you want, do what you want and say what you want.
liberty definition by Webster's New World
- freedom or release from slavery, imprisonment, captivity, or any other form of arbitrary control
- the sum of rights and exemptions possessed in common by the people of a community, state, etc.
- a particular right, franchise, or exemption from compulsion
- a too free, too familiar, or impertinent action or attitude
- the limits within which a certain amount of freedom may be exercised: to have the liberty of the third floor
- permission given to a sailor to go ashore; specif., in the U.S. Navy, permission given to an enlisted person to be absent from duty for a period ordinarily of 48 hours or less
- the period of time given
- Philos. freedom to choose; freedom from compulsion or constraint
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French liberte ; from Classical Latin libertas ; from liber, free: see liberal
liberty definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. lib·er·ties
- a. The condition of being free from restriction or control.b. The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one's own choosing.c. The condition of being physically and legally free from confinement, servitude, or forced labor. See Synonyms at freedom.
- Freedom from unjust or undue governmental control.
- A right or immunity to engage in certain actions without control or interference: the liberties protected by the Bill of Rights.
- a. A breach or overstepping of propriety or social convention. Often used in the plural.b. A statement, attitude, or action not warranted by conditions or actualities: a historical novel that takes liberties with chronology.c. An unwarranted risk; a chance: took foolish liberties on the ski slopes.
- A period, usually short, during which a sailor is authorized to go ashore.
Origin: Middle English liberte, from Old French, from Latin lībertās, from līber, free; see leudh- in Indo-European roots.
liberty - Legal Definition
- Freedom from government or private interference or constraints.
- The ability to exercise the rights enumerated by a constitution or available or under natural law.
liberty - Phrases/Idioms
- not confined; free
- permitted (to do or say something); allowed
- not busy or in use
- to be too familiar or impertinent in action or speech: often used with with
- to deal (with facts, data, etc.) in a distorting way
- Not in confinement or under constraint; free.
- Not employed, occupied, or in use.