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the state of beingfreeor at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint:

He won his freedom after a retrial.

exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.

the power to determine action without restraint.

political or national independence.

personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery:

exemption from the presence of anything specified (usually followed by

the absence of or release from ties, obligations, etc.

ease or facility of movement or action:

to enjoy the freedom of living in the country.

the absence of ceremony or reserve.

a particular immunity or privilege enjoyed, as by a city or corporation:

civil liberty, as opposed to subjection to an arbitrary or despotic government.

the right to enjoy all the privileges or special rights of citizenship, membership, etc., in a community or the like.

the right to frequent, enjoy, or use at will:

to have the freedom of a friends library.

the power to exercise choice and make decisions without constraint from within or without; autonomy; self-determination.

refer to an absence of undue restrictions and an opportunity to exercise ones rights and powers.

emphasizes the opportunity given for the exercise of ones rights, powers, desires, or the like:

freedom of speech or conscience; freedom of movement.

implies not only lack of restrictions but also the ability to stand alone, unsustained by anything else:

Independence of thought promotes invention and discovery.

though most often interchanged with

is also used to imply undue exercise of freedom:

Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.Cite This SourceExamples from the Web forfreedomExpandContemporary Examples

It was also an attack on ourfreedomof expression and way of life.

The more we appease, the more we indulge, the more emboldened the enemies offreedombecome.

freedomof speech, then, is sometimes not worth the trouble that comes with it.

It was something ineffable and harder to define:freedomof speech.

Police, their representatives and supporters tell us, ensure ourfreedomof speech through our ability to protest.

The spirit and the gifts offreedomill assort with the condition of a slave.

It seems to me that life is no life, but living death, without thatfreedom!

The cause offreedomowes her much; the country owes her much.

Under the eternal urge offreedomwe became an independent Nation.

Because we are free we can never be indifferent to the fate offreedomelsewhere.

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personal liberty, as from slavery, bondage, serfdom, etc

liberation or deliverance, as from confinement or bondage

the quality or state of being free, esp to enjoy political and civil liberties

) the state of being without something unpleasant or bad; exemption or immunity:

the right or privilege of unrestricted use or access:

autonomy, self-government, or independence

the power or liberty to order ones own actions

) the quality, esp of the will or the individual, of not being totally constrained; able to choose between alternative actions in identical circumstances

ease or frankness of manner; candour:

excessive familiarity of manner; boldness

ease and grace, as of movement; lack of effort

Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition

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Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012Cite This SourceWord Origin and History forfreedomExpandn.

Old Englishfreodomfreedom, state of free will; charter, emancipation, deliverance; seefree(adj.) +-dom.Freedom-riderrecorded 1961, in reference to civil rights activists in U.S. trying to integrate bus lines.It has been said by some physicians, that life is a forced state. The same may be said of freedom. It requires efforts, it presupposes mental and moral qualities of a high order to be generally diffused in the society where it exists. [John C. Calhoun, speech, U.S. House of Representatives, Jan. 31, 1816]

Freedom Rider Situation Cuts Into Montgomery Juke, Game Revenues [headline, Billboard, July 24, 1961]Freedom fighterattested by 1903 (originally with reference to Cuba).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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