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noun lib·er·ty \ˈli-bər-tē\

Simple Definition of liberty

  • : the state or condition of people who are able to act and speak freely

  • : the power to do or choose what you want to

  • : a political right

Full Definition of liberty

plural lib·er·ties

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being free: a :  the power to do as one pleases b :  freedom from physical restraint c :  freedom from arbitrary or despotic control d :  the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges e :  the power of choice

  2. 2 a :  a right or immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant :  privilege b :  permission especially to go freely within specified limits

  3. 3 :  an action going beyond normal limits: as a :  a breach of etiquette or propriety :  familiarity b :  risk, chance <took foolish liberties with his health> c :  a violation of rules or a deviation from standard practice d :  a distortion of fact

  4. 4 :  a short authorized absence from naval duty usually for less than 48 hours

at liberty
  1. 1 :  free

  2. 2 :  at leisure :  unoccupied

Examples of liberty

  1. a nation that values liberty and democracy

  2. soldiers willing to die in defense of liberty

  3. They gave him the liberty to handle the problem himself.

  4. hard-won liberties such as freedom of the press

Origin of liberty

Middle English, from Anglo-French liberté, from Latin libertat-, libertas, from liber free — more at liberal

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of liberty

freedom, liberty, license mean the power or condition of acting without compulsion. freedom has a broad range of application from total absence of restraint to merely a sense of not being unduly hampered or frustrated <freedom of the press>. liberty suggests release from former restraint or compulsion <the released prisoner had difficulty adjusting to his new liberty>. license implies freedom specially granted or conceded and may connote an abuse of freedom <freedom without responsibility may degenerate into license>.


geographical name Lib·er·ty \ˈli-bər-tē\

Definition of Liberty

  1. city NW Missouri NNE of Kansas City pop 29,149

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noun lib·er·ty \ˈli-bər-tē\

Definition of liberty

plural lib·er·ties

  1. 1 :  the state of being free :  freedom

  2. 2 :  freedom to do as desired <Give the child some liberty.>

  3. 3 :  the state of not being busy :  leisure

  4. 4 :  a political right <Don't take your liberties for granted.>

  5. 5 :  an action that is too free <The movie takes liberties with the truth.>

at liberty
  1. :  able to act or speak freely <I'm not at liberty to discuss the project.>

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