civil liberty

noun
Updated on: 12 Apr 2018
: freedom from arbitrary governmental interference (as with the right of free speech) specifically by denial of governmental power and in the U.S. especially as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights usually used in plural

civil libertarian

noun or adjective

Examples of civil liberty in a Sentence

  1. Freedom of speech is a civil liberty.

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CIVIL LIBERTY Defined for English Language Learners

civil liberty

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


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civil liberty

noun
: freedom from arbitrary interference in one's pursuits (as in expressing thoughts, practicing a religion, or pursuing a living) by individuals or especially by the government and especially as constitutionally guaranteed usually used in pl. — see also civil right

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