Definition of Civil liberty
1. Noun. One's freedom to exercise one's rights as guaranteed under the laws of the country.
2. Noun. Fundamental individual right protected by law and expressed as immunity from unwarranted governmental interference.
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Civil-libertarian
Lexicographical Neighbors of Civil Liberty
Literary usage of Civil liberty
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"H Definition of civil liberty.—No one can help feeling that this is a very jejune and imperfect definition of the right of liberty. ..."
2. Political Science and Comparative Constitutional Law by John William Burgess (1890)
"THE SCIENTIFIC POSITION AND THE TRUE RELATIONS OF civil liberty IN THE CONSTITUTION. I PASS over the subject of civil liberty in the constitutional ..."
3. The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy by William Paley (1835)
"The definition of civil liberty above laid down imports, that the laws of a free people impose no restraints upon the private will of the subject, ..."
4. Lectures on Jurisprudence, Or, The Philosophy of Positive Law by John Austin, Robert Campbell (1869)
"But, speaking . generally, a political or civil liberty is coupled with a legal \ right ... <t) From the nature of political or civil liberty, I turn to the ..."
5. The Law of Freedom and Bondage in the United States by John Codman Hurd (1858)
"The first might also be properly distinguished as social or civil liberty ; the second, political liberty.* But since, wherever the last can be said to ..."
6. Essays on the Principles of Morality: And on the Private and Political by Jonathan Dymond (1845)
"civil liberty. Loes of Liberty—War—Useless laws. civil liberty may, however, be fully enjoyed. It is enjoyed, where the principles of political truth and ..."
7. The Methodist Review (1895)
"A DOCTRINE OF civil liberty. THE briefest exposition of civil liberty must ... This comes about as near a definition of civil liberty as his book on the ..."
8. American Citizenship by Charles Austin Beard, Mary Ritter Beard (1915)
"Two divisions of civil liberty. III. civil liberty: its history and meaning. 1. ... civil liberty is won and kept only by heroic struggles. 3. ..."