Definition of freedom
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
Examples of freedom in a Sentence
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
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
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
He thinks children these days have too much freedom.
She has the freedom to do as she likes.
a political prisoner struggling to win his freedom
Recent Examples of freedom from the Web
This was a story of liberty — first, freedom from Europe through the bravery of the revolutionaries and the wisdom of the Framers.
But celebrating these wonderful freedoms shouldn’t come at the cost of common sense.
The presiding judge Rosalie Abella ruled that stopping the unlawful sale of goods was more important than any potential implications for free speech and freedom of information.
Derby Dinner Playhouse presents this comedy that finds a couple enjoying their freedom as the last of their sons leaves the house to begin adulthood, only to return after 24 hours.
Mary sold the other twin, a girl named Alex, to buy her freedom out of Radley.
Many young people lost hope after the 2014 protests, with the government refusing to give in to their demands for wider electoral freedom.
The 1945 ruling made an enormous impact on Hollywood, giving actors the freedom to pick roles and shape their own careers.
Over 200 years ago, our Founding Fathers put their lives on the line to create a new country in which freedom reigned.
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Synonym Discussion of freedom
FREEDOM Defined for Kids
Definition of freedom for Students
1 : the condition of having liberty The slaves won their freedom.
2 : ability to move or act as desired freedom of choice freedom of movement
3 : release from something unpleasant freedom from care
4 : the quality of being very frank : candor spoke with freedom
5 : a political right freedom of speech
Legal Definition of freedom
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
2a : a political or civil right b : franchise 2
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