Definition of Liberty

1. Noun. Immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence.

Exact synonyms: Autonomy
Specialized synonyms: Self-determination, Self-government, Self-rule
Generic synonyms: Independence, Independency
Derivative terms: Autonomous, Autonomous, Liberate, Liberate

2. Noun. Freedom of choice. "At liberty to choose whatever occupation one wishes"
Generic synonyms: Freedom
Specialized synonyms: Licence, License, Latitude, Licence, License, Discretion, Run
Derivative terms: Liberate

3. Noun. Personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression.
Generic synonyms: Freedom
Derivative terms: Liberate, Liberate

4. Noun. Leave granted to a sailor or naval officer.
Exact synonyms: Shore Leave
Generic synonyms: Leave, Leave Of Absence

5. Noun. An act of undue intimacy.
Exact synonyms: Familiarity, Impropriety, Indecorum
Generic synonyms: Misbehavior, Misbehaviour, Misdeed

Definition of Liberty

1. n. The state of a free person; exemption from subjection to the will of another claiming ownership of the person or services; freedom; -- opposed to slavery, serfdom, bondage, or subjection.

Definition of Liberty

1. Noun. The condition of being free from control or restrictions. ¹

2. Noun. The condition of being free from imprisonment, slavery or forced labour. ¹

3. Noun. The condition of being free to act, believe or express oneself as one chooses. ¹

4. Noun. Freedom from excess government control. ¹

5. Noun. A short period when a sailor is allowed ashore. ¹

6. Noun. A breach of social convention (often ''liberties''). ¹

7. Noun. A local government unit in medieval England – see liberty. ¹

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Definition of Liberty

1. the state of being free [n -TIES]

Medical Definition of Liberty

1. Origin: OE. Liberte, F. Liberte, fr. L. Libertas, fr. Liber free. See Liberal. 1. The state of a free person; exemption from subjection to the will of another claiming ownership of the person or services; freedom; opposed to slavery, serfdom, bondage, or subjection. "But ye . . . Caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid whom he had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection." (Jer. Xxxiv. 16) "Delivered fro the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God." (Bible. Rom. Viii. 21) 2. Freedom from imprisonment, bonds, or other restraint upon locomotion. "Being pent from liberty, as I am now." (Shak) 3. A privilege conferred by a superior power; permission granted; leave; as, liberty given to a child to play, or to a witness to leave a court, and the like. 4. Privilege; exemption; franchise; immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; as, the liberties of the commercial cities of Europe. "His majesty gave not an entire county to any; much less did he grant . . . Any extraordinary liberties." (Sir J. Davies) 5. The place within which certain immunities are enjoyed, or jurisdiction is exercised. "Brought forth into some public or open place within the liberty of the city, and there . . . Burned." (Fuller) 6. A certain amount of freedom; permission to go freely within certain limits; also, the place or limits within which such freedom is exercised; as, the liberties of a prison. 7. A privilege or license in violation of the laws of etiquette or propriety; as, to permit, or take, a liberty. "He was repeatedly provoked into striking those who had taken liberties with him." (Macaulay) 8. The power of choice; freedom from necessity; freedom from compulsion or constraint in willing. "The idea of liberty is the idea of a power in any agent to do or forbear any particular action, according to the determination or thought of the mind, whereby either of them is preferred to the other." (Locke) "This liberty of judgment did not of necessity lead to lawlessness." (J. A. Symonds) 9. A curve or arch in a bit to afford room for the tongue of the horse. 10. Leave of absence; permission to go on shore. at liberty. Unconfined; free. At leisure. Civil liberty, exemption from arbitrary interference with person, opinion, or property, on the part of the government under which one lives, and freedom to take part in modifying that government or its laws. Liberty bell. See Bell. Liberty cap. The Roman pileus which was given to a slave at his manumission. A limp, close-fitting cap with which the head of representations of the goddess of liberty is often decked. It is sometimes represented on a spear or a liberty pole. Liberty of the press, freedom to print and publish without official supervision. Liberty party, the party, in the American Revolution, which favored independence of England; in more recent usage, a party which favored the emancipation of the slaves. Liberty pole, a tall flagstaff planted in the ground, often surmounted by a liberty cap. Moral liberty, that liberty of choice which is essential to moral responsibility. Religious liberty, freedom of religious opinion and worship. Synonym: Leave, permission, license. Liberty, Freedom. These words, though often interchanged, are distinct in some of of their applications. Liberty has reference to previous restraint; freedom, to the simple, unrepressed exercise of our powers. A slave is set at liberty; his master had always been in a state of freedom. A prisoner under trial may ask liberty (exemption from restraint) to speak his sentiments with freedom (the spontaneous and bold utterance of his feelings), The liberty of the press is our great security for freedom of thought. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Liberty

libertarian socialism
liberty (current term)
liberty cap
liberty chit
liberty of conscience
liberty spike
liberty spikes
libidinal energy

Literary usage of Liberty

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve (1899)
"CHAPTER XI liberty OF THE PRESS IN THE UNITED STATES Difficulty of restraining the liberty of the press—Particular reasons which some nations have to ..."

2. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1915)
"Lit Digest 51:590-1 S 18 '15 liberty in practise. Ind .83:139 Ag 2 '15 liberty in the school. P: Sandiford. School and Soc 1:657-60 My 8 '15 Mexico and ..."

3. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve (1862)
"liberty OF THE PRESS IN THE UNITED STATES. Difficulty of restraining the liberty of the press.—Particular reasons which some nations have to cherish this ..."

4. Leviathan ; Or, The Matter, Forme & Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiasticall by Thomas Hobbes, Alfred Rayney Waller (1904)
"Of the liberty of Subjects. liberty, or FREEDOMS, signifieth (properly) the absence of Opposition ; (by Opposition, I mean externall Impediments of motion ..."

5. Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse by Anna Sewell (1904)
"liberty I WAS quite happy in my new place, and if ew there was one thing that I ... Why, liberty! For three years«» and a half of my life I had had all the ..."

6. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Dana (2001)
"THE next day being Sunday, after washing and clearing decks, and getting breakfast, the mate came forward with leave for one watch to go ashore, on liberty. ..."

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