freedom

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noun free·dom \ˈfrē-dəm\

Definition of freedom

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being free: such asa :  the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or actionb :  liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another :  independencec :  the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous freedom from cared :  ease, facility spoke the language with freedome :  the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken answered with freedomf :  improper familiarityg :  boldness of conception or executionh :  unrestricted use gave him the freedom of their home

  2. 2a :  a political rightb :  franchise, privilege

Examples of freedom in a Sentence

  1. Or Bugs would do the impossible by jumping out of the frame and landing on the drawing board of the cartoonist who was at work creating him. This freedom to transcend the laws of basic physics, to hop around in time and space, and to skip from one dimension to another has long been a crucial aspect of imaginative poetry. —Billy Collins, Wall Street Journal, 28-29 June 2008

  2. It's the beginning of summer.  … For many adults who are really closet kids, this means that their blood hums with a hint of freedom … —Anna Quindlen, Newsweek, 18 June 2001

  3. I can see that my choices were never truly mine alone—and that that is how it should be, that to assert otherwise is to chase after a sorry sort of freedom. —Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father, (1995) 2004

  4. He thinks children these days have too much freedom.

  5. She has the freedom to do as she likes.

  6. a political prisoner struggling to win his freedom

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Origin and Etymology of freedom

see 1free


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of freedom

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


FREEDOM Defined for Kids

freedom

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noun free·dom \ˈfrē-dəm\

Definition of freedom for Students

  1. 1 :  the condition of having liberty The slaves won their freedom.

  2. 2 :  ability to move or act as desired freedom of choice freedom of movement

  3. 3 :  release from something unpleasant freedom from care

  4. 4 :  the quality of being very frank :  candor spoke with freedom

  5. 5 :  a political right freedom of speech


Law Dictionary

freedom

noun free·dom

Legal Definition of freedom

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being free: as a :  the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b :  liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another c :  the quality or state of being exempt or released from something onerous

  2. 2a :  a political or civil right b :  franchise 2



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