from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition of being free from restriction or control.
- n. The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one's own choosing.
- n. The condition of being physically and legally free from confinement, servitude, or forced labor. See Synonyms at freedom.
- n. Freedom from unjust or undue governmental control.
- n. A right or immunity to engage in certain actions without control or interference: the liberties protected by the Bill of Rights.
- n. A breach or overstepping of propriety or social convention. Often used in the plural.
- n. A statement, attitude, or action not warranted by conditions or actualities: a historical novel that takes liberties with chronology.
- n. An unwarranted risk; a chance: took foolish liberties on the ski slopes.
- n. A period, usually short, during which a sailor is authorized to go ashore.
- idiom at liberty Not in confinement or under constraint; free.
- idiom at liberty Not employed, occupied, or in use.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The condition of being free from control or restrictions.
- n. The condition of being free from imprisonment, slavery or forced labour.
- n. The condition of being free to act, believe or express oneself as one chooses.
- n. Freedom from excessive government control.
- n. A short period when a sailor is allowed ashore.
- n. A breach of social convention (often liberties).
- n. A local government unit in medieval England – see liberty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Freedom from imprisonment, bonds, or other restraint upon locomotion.
- n. A privilege conferred by a superior power; permission granted; leave.
- n. Privilege; exemption; franchise; immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant.
- n. The place within which certain immunities are enjoyed, or jurisdiction is exercised.
- n. A certain amount of freedom; permission to go freely within certain limits; also, the place or limits within which such freedom is exercised.
- n. A privilege or license in violation of the laws of etiquette or propriety.
- n. The power of choice; freedom from necessity; freedom from compulsion or constraint in willing.
- n. A curve or arch in a bit to afford room for the tongue of the horse.
- n. Leave of absence; permission to go on shore.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being free, or exempt from external restraint or constraint, physical or moral; freedom; especially, exemption from opposition or irksome restraint of any kind.
- n. Specifically Freedom of the will; the power of election or free choice, undetermined by any necessity; exemption from internal compulsion or restraint in willing or volition.
- n. The condition of being exempt, as a community or an individual, from foreign or arbitrary political control; a condition of political self-government.
- n. In law, freedom from all restraints except such as the lawful rights of others prescribe.—
- n. Permission granted, as by a superior, to do something that one might not otherwise do; leave; specifically, permission granted to enlisted men in the navy to go on shore. Compare liberty-man.
- n. Immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; privilege; exemption; franchise: as, the liberties of the commercial cities of Europe.
- n. A place or district within which certain special privileges may be exercised; the limits within which freedom is enjoyed by those entitled to it; a place of exclusive jurisdiction: generally in the plural: as, the liberties of a prison (the limits within which prisoners are free to move); within the city liberty; the Northern Liberties (a part of Philadelphia so named because originally consisting of districts having certain specific privileges).
- n. Action or speech not warranted by custom or propriety; freedom not specially granted; freedom of action or speech beyond the ordinary bounds of civility or decorum: as, may I take the liberty of calling on you?
- n. In the manège, a curve or arch in a horse's bit affording room for the tongue.
- n. With freedom or power (to do something): as, he was not at liberty to disclose the secret.
- n. Disengaged; not in use.
- n. Synonyms Independence, etc. (see freedom); License, etc. (see leave, n.).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. freedom of choice
- n. leave granted to a sailor or naval officer
- n. personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression
- n. immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence
- n. an act of undue intimacy
Middle English liberte, from Old French, from Latin lībertās, from līber, free; see leudh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English liberte, from Old French liberté, from Latin libertas ("freedom"), from liber ("free"); see liberal. (Wiktionary)