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civil liberty

noun

Simple Definition of civil liberty

  • : the right of people to do or say things that are not illegal without being stopped or interrupted by the government

Full Definition of civil liberty

  1. :  freedom from arbitrary governmental interference (as with the right of free speech) specifically by denial of governmental power and in the United States especially as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights —usually used in plural

civil libertarian noun or adjective

Examples of civil liberty

  1. Freedom of speech is a civil liberty.



1644

First Known Use of civil liberty

1644


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