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liberty

noun

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1 the power, right, or opportunity to choose
  • he doesn't want to go to the sales conference, but he doesn't have that liberty

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2 the state of being free from the control or power of another
  • the hope that the country's first-ever elections will usher in a new era of liberty and respect for the rule of law

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

The words freedom and license are common synonyms of liberty. While all three words mean "the power or condition of acting without compulsion," liberty suggests release from former restraint or compulsion.

the released prisoner had difficulty adjusting to his new liberty

When could freedom be used to replace liberty?

In some situations, the words freedom and liberty are roughly equivalent. However, 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 is it sensible to use license instead of liberty?

Although the words license and liberty have much in common, 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 liberty was in the 14th century

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“Liberty.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/liberty. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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