What does freedom mean?

Definitions for freedom
ˈfri dəmfree·dom

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word freedom.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. freedomnoun

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

  2. exemption, freedomnoun

    immunity from an obligation or duty


  1. freedomnoun

    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. freedomnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Freedomnoun

    Etymology: from free.

    The laws themselves they do specially rage at, as most repugnant to their liberty and natural freedom. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    O freedom! first delight of human kind!
    Not that which bondmen from their masters find,
    The privilege of doles; nor yet t’ inscribe
    Their names in this or t’ other Roman tribe:
    That false enfranchisement with ease is found;
    Slaves are made citizens by turning round. John Dryden, Pers.

    By our holy Sabbath have I sworn
    To have the due and forfeit of my bond:
    If you deny it, let the danger light
    Upon your charter, and your city’s freedom. William Shakespeare.

    This prince first gave freedom to servants, so as to become citizens of equal privileges with the rest, which very much increased the power of the people. Jonathan Swift.

    I else must change
    Their nature, and revoke the high decree
    Unchangeable, eternal, which ordain’d
    Their freedom; they themselves ordain’d their fall. John Milton.

    In every sin, by how much the more free will is in its choice, by so much is the act the more sinful; and where there is nothing to importune, urge, or provoke the will to any act, there is so much an higher and perfecter degree of freedom about that act. Robert South, Sermons.

    I will that all the feasts and sabbaths shall be all days of immunity and freedom for the Jews in my realm. 1 Mac. x.


  1. Freedom

    Freedom is understood as either having the ability to act or change without constraint or to possess the power and resources to fulfill one's purposes unhindered. Freedom is often associated with liberty and autonomy in the sense of "giving oneself their own laws", and with having rights and the civil liberties with which to exercise them without undue interference by the state. Frequently discussed kinds of political freedom include freedom of assembly, freedom of association, freedom of choice, and freedom of speech. In one definition, something is "free" if it can change easily and is not constrained in its present state. In philosophy and religion, freedom is sometimes associated with free will, without undue or unjust constraints on that will, such as enslavement. It is an idea closely tied with the concept of negative liberty. Charles Taylor resolves one of the issues that separate "positive" and "negative" theories of freedom, as these were initially distinguished in Isaiah Berlin's seminal essay, "Two concepts of liberty". Taylor sees it as undeniable that there are two such families of conceptions of political freedom. Negative liberty is a concept that is often used in political philosophy. It is the idea that freedom means an ability to do what one wants, without external obstacles. This concept has been called too simplistic for discounting the importance of individual self-realization. Positive liberty is the ability to fulfill one's purposes.


  1. freedom

    Freedom is the state of being unrestricted, able to think, speak, and act as one desires, without coercion or oppression. It involves the absence of constraints, limitations, or barriers that hinder individual or collective choices and actions. Freedom encompasses personal liberty, autonomy, independence, and the ability to exercise rights and pursue one's own goals, beliefs, and values. It is a fundamental human right that allows for self-expression, self-determination, and the pursuit of happiness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Freedomnoun

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

  2. Freedomnoun

    privileges; franchises; immunities

  3. Freedomnoun

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

  4. Freedomnoun

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

  5. Freedomnoun

    frankness; openness; unreservedness

  6. Freedomnoun

    improper familiarity; violation of the rules of decorum; license

  7. Freedomnoun

    generosity; liberality

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Freedom

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

Editors Contribution

  1. freedom

    The ability, feeling, knowing, understanding, trust and right to make just, fair, ethical, moral and intelligent change, choices and decisions.

    Freedom is a divine right that every human being on the planet is entitled to and demands.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 13, 2016  

  2. freedom

    The ethical, moral and official authority and power.

    Freedom of movement is a fundamental human right and we all have the freedom to create this for the health and shared prosperity of everyone on planet earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 9, 2020  

  3. freedom

    The right of a person to create their life with choice in line with their soul agreement, the universes truth and the collective plan for the evolution of humanity.

    Freedom is important around the world, we all deserve it.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

  4. freedom

    To exist on planet earth, to have optimum health, love, our human rights, a house to reside in, be active, able to work and provide for a person or family, to have the freedom to contribute to society in creative and innovative ways and earn or receive a balanced and moderate income living a life with fairness and justness for all

    Freedom is important for us all

    Submitted by MaryC on January 20, 2021  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Freedom is ranked #124548 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Freedom surname appeared 138 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Freedom.

    60.8% or 84 total occurrences were White.
    23.1% or 32 total occurrences were Black.
    5.8% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4.3% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of freedom in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of freedom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of freedom in a Sentence

  1. Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr:

    He spoke loudly about Saudi Arabia rulers tyranny. So Saudi Arabia rulers killed him, saudi Arabia rulers are so proud of him, and Saudi Arabia rulers are not going to be intimidated or stop asking for freedom. My father stood peacefully for the lives of all people.

  2. Colette:

    There are days when solitude, for someone my age, is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.

  3. Greg Baylor:

    Every person should be treated with dignity and respect. Our laws should protect the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of every citizen, no matter who they are, unfortunately, coercive sexual orientation and gender identity laws, like Equality Act, undermine both fairness and freedom, targeting those whose views the government does n’t like.

  4. Jude J:

    We are who we are, within our power and freedom. More power and more freedom we have, more we become closer to who we truly are.

  5. Elise Stefanik:

    An economy that is strong and a nation that is safe; a future that’s built upon freedom and a government that’s held accountable, each one of those four major pillars has very specific policy priorities that we’ve worked on for the past year and a half.

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