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

n 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
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the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n immunity from an obligation or duty

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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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