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freedom

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of freedom

  1. 1 the state of being free from the control or power of another we owe our freedom to the untold numbers of soldiers who have fought in our nation's wars since its founding Synonyms of freedom autonomy, independence, independency, liberty, self-determination, self-governance, self-government, sovereignty (also sovranty) Words Related to freedom emancipation, enfranchisement, liberation, manumission, release Near Antonyms of freedom captivity, enchainment, enslavement, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration, internment, subjugation Antonyms of freedom dependence (also dependance), heteronomy, subjection, unfreedom

  2. 2 the right to act or move freely as special guests of the owners, the youngsters had full freedom of the resort and its private beach Synonyms of freedom authorization, free hand, latitude, license (or licence), run Words Related to freedom authority, clutch, command, control, dominion, grip, hold, mandate, mastery, power, sway; range, room, space; blank check, carte blanche

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


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