from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition of being free of restraints.
- n. Liberty of the person from slavery, detention, or oppression.
- n. Political independence.
- n. Exemption from the arbitrary exercise of authority in the performance of a specific action; civil liberty: freedom of assembly.
- n. Exemption from an unpleasant or onerous condition: freedom from want.
- n. The capacity to exercise choice; free will: We have the freedom to do as we please all afternoon.
- n. Ease or facility of movement: loose sports clothing, giving the wearer freedom.
- n. Frankness or boldness; lack of modesty or reserve: the new freedom in movies and novels.
- n. The right to unrestricted use; full access: was given the freedom of their research facilities.
- n. The right of enjoying all of the privileges of membership or citizenship: the freedom of the city.
- n. A right or the power to engage in certain actions without control or interference: "the seductive freedoms and excesses of the picaresque form” ( John W. Aldridge).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being free, of not being imprisoned or enslaved.
- n. The lack of a specific constraint, or of constraints in general; a state of being free, unconstrained.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being free; exemption from the power and control of another; liberty; independence.
- n. Privileges; franchises; immunities.
- n. Exemption from necessity, in choise and action.
- n. Ease; facility.
- n. Frankness; openness; unreservedness.
- n. Improper familiarity; violation of the rules of decorum; license.
- n. Generosity; liberality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being free.
- n. Exemption from the constraint or restraint of physical or moral forces; the state of being able to act without external controlling interference; liberty; in a special sense, exemption from bondage or imprisonment.
- n. Exemption from arbitrary, despotic, or autocratic control, especially in civil matters; independence; civil liberty.
- n. Frankness; openness; outspokenness; unrestrictedness.
- n. License; improper familiarity; in a concrete sense (with a plural), a violation of the rules of decorum; an act of bold presumption.
- n. The state of being clear or exempt (from something): as, freedom from sickness; freedom from care
- n. Ease or facility (of doing anything): as, he speaks or acts with freedom.
- n. Generosity; liberality; open-handedness.
- n. The possession of particular privileges; franchise; immunity: as, the freedom of a city or of a corporation.
- n. A free, unconditional grant; a free privilege or franchise.
- n. In mathematics, capability of displacement in space.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints
- n. immunity from an obligation or duty
Middle English fredom, from Old English frēodōm : frēo, free; see free + -dōm, -dom.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English freedom, fredom, from Old English frēodōm ("freedom, state of free-will, charter, emancipation, deliverance"), from Proto-Germanic *frijadōmaz (“freedom”), equivalent to free + -dom. Cognate with North Frisian fridoem ("freedom"), Dutch vrijdom ("freedom"), Low German frīdom ("freedom"), Middle High German vrītuom ("freedom"), Norwegian fridom ("freedom"). (Wiktionary)