liberty

Liberty is a kind of freedom, whether it's freedom from tyranny, freedom from confinement, or simply the freedom of choice.

The phrase "give me liberty or give me death" is attributed to Patrick Henry, whose 1775 speech persuaded the Virginia colony to raise troops to fight the British in the American Revolutionary War. For sailors and naval officers, liberty means shore leave — a brief vacation on land between voyages. We also use this noun to describe the act of getting a little too familiar or personal with someone, or doing something before we have their approval or permission.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: liberty

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freedom of choice
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n
an act of undue intimacy
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n
leave granted to a sailor or naval officer
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: liberty
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n freedom of choice

liberty of opinion”
liberty of worship”
liberty--perfect liberty--to think or feel or do just as one pleases”
“at liberty to choose whatever occupation one wishes”
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licence, license
freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech)
latitude
freedom from normal restraints in conduct
licence, license
excessive freedom; lack of due restraint
discretion
freedom to act or judge on one's own
run
unrestricted freedom to use
poetic license
license used by a writer or artist to heighten the effect of their work
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freedom
the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints

n personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression

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freedom
the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints

n immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence

Synonyms:
autonomy
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self-determination, self-government, self-rule
government of a political unit by its own people
sovereignty
government free from external control
local option
freedom of a local government to determine by popular vote the applicability of a controversial law in their jurisdiction
home rule
self-government in local matters by a city or county that is part of a national government
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independence, independency
freedom from control or influence of another or others
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n an act of undue intimacy

Synonyms:
familiarity, impropriety, indecorum
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misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed
improper or wicked or immoral behavior
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n leave granted to a sailor or naval officer

Synonyms:
shore leave
Type of:
leave, leave of absence
the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty
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