Definitions for Libertyˈlɪb ər ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lib•er•tyˈlɪb ər ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control.

  2. freedom from external or foreign rule; independence.

  3. freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, etc.

  4. freedom from captivity, confinement, or physical restraint.

  5. permission granted to a sailor to go ashore, usu. for less than 24 hours. the time spent ashore.

    Category: Military

  6. freedom or right to frequent or use a place:

    The visitors were given the liberty of the city.

  7. unwarranted or impertinent freedom in action or speech, or a form or instance of it:

    to take liberties.

  8. a female figure personifying freedom from despotism.

Idioms for liberty:

  1. at liberty, free from captivity or restraint. free to do or be as specified.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of liberty:

1325–75; ME liberte < MF < L lībertās=līber free +-tās -ty2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. autonomy, liberty(noun)

    immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence

  2. liberty(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"

  3. liberty(noun)

    personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression

  4. shore leave, liberty(noun)

    leave granted to a sailor or naval officer

  5. familiarity, impropriety, indecorum, liberty(noun)

    an act of undue intimacy

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. liberty(noun)ˈlɪb ər ti

    freedom

    the right to liberty; the law that gave the slaves their liberty

  2. libertyˈlɪb ər ti

    allowed to

    The prisoners were not at liberty to speak.

  3. libertyˈlɪb ər ti

    to decide to do sth without asking permission

    I took the liberty of moving the furniture around for you.

Wiktionary

  1. liberty(Noun)

    The condition of being free from control or restrictions.

    The army is here, your liberty is assured.

  2. liberty(Noun)

    The condition of being free from imprisonment, slavery or forced labour.

    The prisoners gained their liberty from an underground tunnel.

  3. liberty(Noun)

    The condition of being free to act, believe or express oneself as one chooses.

    The prisoners were at liberty to speak freely with their lawyers.

  4. liberty(Noun)

    Freedom from excess government control.

  5. liberty(Noun)

    A short period when a sailor is allowed ashore.

    We're going on a three-day liberty as soon as we dock.

  6. liberty(Noun)

    A breach of social convention (often liberties).

    You needn't take such liberties.

  7. liberty(Noun)

    A local government unit in medieval England u2013 see liberty.

  8. Origin: From liberte, from liberte, from libertas, from liber; see liberal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Liberty(noun)

    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

  2. Liberty(noun)

    freedom from imprisonment, bonds, or other restraint upon locomotion

  3. Liberty(noun)

    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

  4. Liberty(noun)

    privilege; exemption; franchise; immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; as, the liberties of the commercial cities of Europe

  5. Liberty(noun)

    the place within which certain immunities are enjoyed, or jurisdiction is exercised

  6. Liberty(noun)

    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

  7. Liberty(noun)

    a privilege or license in violation of the laws of etiquette or propriety; as, to permit, or take, a liberty

  8. Liberty(noun)

    the power of choice; freedom from necessity; freedom from compulsion or constraint in willing

  9. Liberty(noun)

    a curve or arch in a bit to afford room for the tongue of the horse

  10. Liberty(noun)

    leave of absence; permission to go on shore

Freebase

  1. Liberty

    Liberty is the value of individuals to have agency. Different conceptions of liberty articulate the relationship of individuals to society in different ways—including some that relate to life under a social contract or to existence in a state of nature, and some that see the active exercise of freedom and rights as essential to liberty. Understanding liberty involves how we imagine the individual's roles and responsibilities in society in relation to concepts of free will and determinism, which involves the larger domain of metaphysics. Individualist and classical liberal conceptions of liberty typically consist of the freedom of individuals from outside compulsion or coercion, also known as negative liberty. This conception of liberty, which coincides with the libertarian point-of-view, suggests that people should, must, and ought to behave according to their own free will, and take responsibility for their actions, while in contrast, Social liberal conceptions of liberty place an emphasis upon social structure and agency and is therefore directed toward ensuring egalitarianism. In feudal societies, a "liberty" was an area of allodial land where the rights of the ruler or monarch were waived.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. liberty

    1. A password in universal use, and hence of no value. 2. The slogan of a party or sect that seeks to enslave some other party or sect. 3. The lost latchkey to the Citadel of Power. 4. The sacred aeroplane of King Ego. 5. The right to go forth unimpeded from any place, and also to come back. 6. The Northwest Passage to Nowhere. 7. The thing Patrick Henry asked for when the bartender asked him what he would have. 8. Only a comparative term. 9. Responsibility--that is why most men dread it.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Liberty' in Nouns Frequency: #1939


Translations for Liberty

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

liberty(noun)

freedom from captivity or from slavery

He ordered that all prisoners should be given their liberty.

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