Liberty meaning

lĭbər-tē
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(philos.) Freedom to choose; freedom from compulsion or constraint.
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A deliberate departure from what is proper, accepted, or prudent, especially:
  • 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.
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The sum of rights and exemptions possessed in common by the people of a community, state, etc.
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The limits within which a certain amount of freedom may be exercised.

To have the liberty of the third floor.

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Freedom or release from slavery, imprisonment, captivity, or any other form of arbitrary control.
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The right or power to act as one chooses.
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A particular right, franchise, or exemption from compulsion.
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A too free, too familiar, or impertinent action or attitude.
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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.

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Freedom from government or private interference or constraints.
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A local government unit in medieval England - see liberty.
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The condition of being free from confinement, servitude, or forced labor.
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A period, usually short, during which a sailor is authorized to go ashore.
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The ability to exercise the rights enumerated by a constitution or available or under natural law.
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The condition of being free from control or restrictions.
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The condition of being free from imprisonment, slavery or forced labour.
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The condition of being free to act, believe or express oneself as one chooses.
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A short period when a sailor is allowed ashore.
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A breach of social convention (often liberties).
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at liberty
  • Not in confinement or under constraint; free.
  • Entitled or permitted to do something:
    We found ourselves at liberty to explore the grounds.
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take the liberty
  • 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.
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at liberty
  • not confined; free
  • permitted (to do or say something); allowed
  • not busy or in use
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take liberties
  • to be too familiar or impertinent in action or speech
  • to deal (with facts, data, etc.) in a distorting way
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
liberty
Plural:
liberties

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

  • From Middle English liberte, from Old French liberté, from Latin libertas (“freedom"), from liber (“free"); see liberal.

    From Wiktionary