Synonyms & Antonyms of freedom

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

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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

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How is the word freedom different from other nouns like it?

The words liberty and license are common synonyms of freedom. While all three words 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

When could liberty be used to replace freedom?

In some situations, the words liberty and freedom are roughly equivalent. However, liberty suggests release from former restraint or compulsion.

the released prisoner had difficulty adjusting to his new liberty

In what contexts can license take the place of freedom?

While in some cases nearly identical to freedom, 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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The first known use of freedom was before the 12th century

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“Freedom.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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