- A breach or overstepping of propriety or social convention.
- A departure from strict compliance.Took several liberties with the recipe.
- A deviation from accepted truth or known fact.A historical novel that takes liberties with chronology.
- An unwarranted risk; a chance.Took foolish liberties on the ski slopes.
To have the liberty of the third floor.
An example of liberty is the ability to go where you want, do what you want and say what you want.
- Not in confinement or under constraint; free.
- Entitled or permitted to do something:We found ourselves at liberty to explore the grounds.
- To dare (to do something) on one's own initiative or without asking permission:I took the liberty to send you these pictures of my vacation.
- 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
- to deal (with facts, data, etc.) in a distorting way
Other Word Forms
Origin of liberty
- Middle English liberte from Old French from Latin lībertās from līber free leudh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition