Freedom is the state of being entirely free. Many governments claim to guarantee freedom, but often people do not, in fact, have the absolute freedom to act or speak without restraint.

People in jail long for freedom. People living under an oppressive government also long for freedom. In the United States, people theoretically have "freedom of speech": the right to say whatever they’re moved to say. You’ll notice the word free in freedom. Free comes from the German frei, meaning, “to love.” The word friend shares this origin. You can think of freedom as the condition in which you have the choice to love any friend you wish.

Definitions of freedom
  1. noun
    the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints
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    academic freedom
    the freedom of teachers and students to express their ideas in school without religious or political or institutional restrictions
    freedom from political subjugation or servitude
    blank check, free hand
    freedom to do as you see fit
    free rein, play
    the removal of constraints
    freedom of the seas
    the right of merchant ships to travel freely in international waters
    independence, independency
    freedom from control or influence of another or others
    freedom of choice
    civil liberty, political liberty
    one's freedom to exercise one's rights as guaranteed under the laws of the country
    personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression
    (Russia) freedom
    autonomy, liberty
    immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence
    autarchy, autarky
    economic independence as a national policy
    licence, license
    freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech)
    freedom from normal restraints in conduct
    licence, license
    excessive freedom; lack of due restraint
    freedom to act or judge on one's own
    unrestricted freedom to use
    autonomy, self-direction, self-reliance, self-sufficiency
    personal independence
    political independence
    type of:
    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  2. noun
    immunity from an obligation or duty
    synonyms: exemption
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    a period during which offenders are exempt from punishment
    diplomatic immunity
    exemption from taxation or normal processes of law that is offered to diplomatic personnel in a foreign country
    legal exemption from liability for damages
    exemption from punishment or loss
    grandfather clause
    an exemption based on circumstances existing prior to the adoption of some policy; used to enfranchise illiterate whites in south after the American Civil War
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    immunity, unsusceptibility
    the state of not being susceptible
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