Definitions for freedomˈfri dəm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

free•domˈfri dəm(n.)

  1. the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint.

  2. exemption from external control.

  3. the power to determine action without restraint.

  4. political or national independence.

    Category: Government

  5. personal liberty:

    slaves who bought their freedom.

  6. exemption; immunity:

    freedom from fear.

  7. the absence of or release from ties or obligations.

    Category: Philosphy

  8. ease or facility of movement or action.

  9. frankness of manner or speech.

  10. a liberty taken.

  11. civil liberty, as opposed to subjection to an arbitrary or despotic government.

    Category: Government

  12. the right to enjoy all the privileges or special rights of membership in a community.

    Category: Government

  13. the right to frequent, enjoy, or use at will.

Origin of freedom:

bef. 900; ME freodom; OE frēodōm

Princeton's WordNet

  1. freedom(noun)

    the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints

  2. exemption, freedom(noun)

    immunity from an obligation or duty

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. freedom(noun)ˈfri dəm

    the legal right to do what you want

    freedom of expression/speech etc.; freedom of the press; the freedoms we have as citizens

  2. freedomˈfri dəm

    the ability to do what you want

    freedom of choice; The money gave me more freedom to travel.

  3. freedomˈfri dəm

    the state of being free from prison or captivity

    Two of the prisoners were given their freedom.

  4. freedomˈfri dəm

    the state of not being affected or influenced by sth negative

    freedom from pain/worry


  1. freedom(Noun)

    The state of being free, of not being imprisoned or enslaved.

    Having recently been released from prison, he didn't know what to do with his newfound freedom.

  2. freedom(Noun)

    The lack of a specific constraint, or of constraints in general; a state of being free, unconstrained.

  3. Origin: From freedom, fredom, from freodom, equivalent to . Cognate with fridoem, vrijdom, fridom, vrituom, fridom.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Freedom(noun)

    the state of being free; exemption from the power and control of another; liberty; independence

  2. Freedom(noun)

    privileges; franchises; immunities

  3. Freedom(noun)

    exemption from necessity, in choise and action; as, the freedom of the will

  4. Freedom(noun)

    ease; facility; as, he speaks or acts with freedom

  5. Freedom(noun)

    frankness; openness; unreservedness

  6. Freedom(noun)

    improper familiarity; violation of the rules of decorum; license

  7. Freedom(noun)

    generosity; liberality

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Freedom

    The rights of individuals to act and make decisions without external constraints.


  1. Political freedom

    Political freedom is a central concept in Western history and political thought and one of the most important features of democratic societies. It has been described as a relationship free of oppression or coercion; the absence of disabling conditions for an individual and the fulfillment of enabling conditions; or the absence of lived conditions of compulsion, e.g. economic compulsion, in a society. Although political freedom is often interpreted negatively as the freedom from unreasonable external constraints on action, it can also refer to the positive exercise of rights, capacities and possibilities for action, and the exercise of social or group rights. The concept can also include freedom from "internal" constraints on political action or speech The concept of political freedom is closely connected with the concepts of civil liberties and human rights, which in democratic societies are usually afforded legal protection from the state.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'freedom' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1675

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'freedom' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3149

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'freedom' in Nouns Frequency: #731

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