Freedom definitions

frē'dəm
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.

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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.

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The right to unrestricted use; full access.

Was given the freedom of their research facilities.

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Ease or facility of movement.

Loose sports clothing, giving the wearer freedom.

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Boldness in behavior; lack of modesty or reserve.
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The condition of not being in prison or captivity.

Gave the prisoners their freedom.

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A right or privilege.
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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.

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The condition of not being controlled by another nation or political power; political independence.
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The condition of not being subject to a despotic or oppressive power; civil liberty.
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The condition of not being constrained or restricted in a specific aspect of life by a government or other power.

Freedom of assembly.

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The condition of not being a slave.
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The condition of not being affected or restricted by a given circumstance or condition.

Freedom from want.

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The condition of not being bound by established conventions or rules.

The new style of painting gave artists new freedoms.

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The state or quality of being free.
  • 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.
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(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.

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(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.

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Origin of freedom

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”).