Definitions of liberty

  1. an act of undue intimacy
  2. leave granted to a sailor or naval officer
  3. 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"
  4. personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression
  5. Freedom from imprisonment, bonds, or other restraint upon locomotion.
  6. A privilege conferred by a superior power; permission granted; leave; as, liberty given to a child to play, or to a witness to leave a court, and the like.
  7. Privilege; exemption; franchise; immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; as, the liberties of the commercial cities of Europe.
  8. The place within which certain immunities are enjoyed, or jurisdiction is exercised.
  9. A certain amount of freedom; permission to go freely within certain limits; also, the place or limits within which such freedom is exercised; as, the liberties of a prison.
  10. A privilege or license in violation of the laws of etiquette or propriety; as, to permit, or take, a liberty.
  11. The power of choice; freedom from necessity; freedom from compulsion or constraint in willing.
  12. A curve or arch in a bit to afford room for the tongue of the horse.
  13. Leave of absence; permission to go on shore.
  14. The state of a free person; exemption from subjection to the will of another claiming ownership of the person or services; freedom; - opposed to slavery, serfdom, bondage, or subjection.
  15. Freedom; special privilege or permission; ungranted or undue freedom; as, to take a liberty.
  16. Freedom to do as one pleases: freedom from restraint: the unrestrained enjoyment of natural rights: privilege: exemption: leave: relaxation of restraint: the bounds within which certain privileges are enjoyed: freedom of speech or action beyond ordinary civility.
  17. Freedom; permission.
  18. Franchise; privilege.
  19. Freedom; leave; permission granted; Immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; privilege; space within which one has privilege or freedom; permission to go about; freedom of action or speech beyond the ordinary bounds of civility or decorum; as opposed to necessity, the power of an agent to do or forbear any particular action. To take the liberty, to use freedom not specially granted in saying or doing anything. To set at liberty, to deliver from confinement or restraint. To be at liberty, to be free from restraint. Natural liberty, the power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature. Civil liberty, the liberty of men in a state of society, or natural liberty, so far only abridged and restrained as is necessary and expedient for the safety and interest of the society, state, or nation. Political liberty, the freedom of a nation or state from all unjust abridgment of its rights and independence. Religious liberty, the free right of adopting and enjoying opinions on religious subjects, and of worshipping the Supreme Being according to the dictates of conscience. Liberty of the press, freedom from any restirction on the power to publish books, subject only to penalty for publishing what is mischievous to the public or injurious to individuals.
  20. Freedom from restraint; the enjoyment of civil, political, and religious rights; privilege; leave; freedom or power of choice, as opposed to necessity; neglect of the observance of the laws of propriety and courtesy; the liberties, as of a city, the limits within which certain privileges or immunities are enjoyed; at liberty, free; unrestrained; liberty of the press, freedom to print and publish without legal control and interference.
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