We have the freedom to do as we please all afternoon.
- 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.
Loose sports clothing, giving the wearer freedom.
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.
In retirement they finally got the freedom to travel.
Freedom of assembly.
The new style of painting gave artists new freedoms.
Was given the freedom of their research facilities.
Freedom from want.
Gave the prisoners their freedom.
Other Word Forms
Origin of freedom
- Middle English fredom from Old English frēodōm frēo free free -dōm -dom
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).