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.

Definitions of liberty
  1. noun
    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
  2. noun
    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
  3. noun
    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
  4. noun
    an act of undue intimacy
    synonyms: familiarity, impropriety, indecorum
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    misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed
    improper or wicked or immoral behavior
  5. noun
    leave granted to a sailor or naval officer
    synonyms: shore leave
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    leave, leave of absence
    the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty
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