Definition of liberty
1 : the quality or state of being free:a : the power to do as one pleasesb : freedom from physical restraintc : freedom from arbitrary or despotic (see despot 2) controld : the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privilegese : the power of choice
3 : an action going beyond normal limits: such asa : a breach of etiquette or propriety : familiarity took undue liberties with a strangerb : risk, chance took foolish liberties with his healthc : a violation of rules or a deviation from standard practice took liberties in the way he played the gamed : a distortion of fact The movie takes many liberties with the actual events.
4 : a short authorized absence from naval duty usually for less than 48 hours
Examples of liberty in a Sentence
a nation that values liberty and democracy
soldiers willing to die in defense of liberty
They gave him the liberty to handle the problem himself.
hard-won liberties such as freedom of the press
Recent Examples of liberty from the Web
Johnny Lee Metts was arrested early Monday and charged with indecent liberties with a child, Lincolnton Police said.
Nellie Drew, a University of Buffalo adjunct law professor who follows sports issues, suspects a draconian ruling on player liberty could be the tipping point.
The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our capital city, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.
Other restaurants have taken even greater liberties with the recipe.
Our goal should be the achievement of an indivisible America with liberty and justice for all.
In the 2005 case Sahin v. Turkey, the court addressed a religious liberty claim by a woman prohibited by the Turkish government from sitting for a university examination while wearing a head scarf.
Not seeking glory for themselves, but peace and liberty for us all, these veterans represent the spirit that has preserved us as a great nation.
Life and liberty were assured in Mike Nichols's world.
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Synonym Discussion of liberty
Definition of Liberty
city in northwestern Missouri north-northeast of Kansas City population 29,149
LIBERTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of liberty for English Language Learners
: 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
LIBERTY Defined for Kids
Definition of liberty for Students
: able to act or speak freely I'm not at liberty to discuss the project.
Legal Definition of liberty
1a : freedom from external (as governmental) restraint, compulsion, or interference in engaging in the pursuits or conduct of one's choice to the extent that they are lawful and not harmful to others b : enjoyment of the rights enjoyed by others in a society free of arbitrary or unreasonable limitation or interference
2 : freedom from physical restraint
3 : freedom from subjection to the will of another claiming ownership or services
4 : right the right to a fair trial is a fundamental liberty secured by the Fourteenth Amendment — W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel
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