What does liberty mean?

Definitions for liberty
ˈlɪb ər tilib·er·ty

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word liberty.

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

Wiktionary

  1. liberty(Noun)

    The condition of being free from control or restrictions.

    The army is here, your liberty is assured.

    Etymology: From liberte, from liberte, from libertas, from liber; see liberal.

  2. liberty(Noun)

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

    The prisoners gained their liberty from an underground tunnel.

    Etymology: From liberte, from liberte, from libertas, from liber; see liberal.

  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.

    Etymology: From liberte, from liberte, from libertas, from liber; see liberal.

  4. liberty(Noun)

    Freedom from excess government control.

    Etymology: From liberte, from liberte, from libertas, from liber; see liberal.

  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.

    Etymology: From liberte, from liberte, from libertas, from liber; see liberal.

  6. liberty(Noun)

    A breach of social convention (often liberties).

    You needn't take such liberties.

    Etymology: From liberte, from liberte, from libertas, from liber; see liberal.

  7. liberty(Noun)

    A local government unit in medieval England – see liberty.

    Etymology: 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Liberty

    lib′ėr-ti, n. freedom to do as one pleases: the unrestrained enjoyment of natural rights: power of free choice: privilege: exemption: relaxation of restraint: the bounds within which certain privileges are enjoyed: freedom of speech or action beyond ordinary civility.—ns. Libertā′rian, one who believes in free-will as opposed to necessity; Libertā′rianism, the doctrine of the freedom of the will, as opposed to necessitarianism; Liber′ticide, a destroyer of liberty; Liber′tinage, debauchery; Lib′ertine, formerly one who professed free opinions, esp. in religion: one who leads a licentious life, a rake or debauchee.—adj. belonging to a freedman: unrestrained: licentious.—n. Lib′ertinism, licentiousness of opinion or practice: lewdness or debauchery.—Liberty of indifference, freedom of the will—because before action the will is undetermined as to acting or not acting; Liberty of the press, liberty to print and publish without previous permission from government.—Cap of liberty (see Bonnet rouge, under Bonnet); Religious liberty, the right of thinking about religion or of worshipping as one likes. [Fr.,—L. libertas.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. liberty

    Permission to go on shore or ship-visiting.

Editors Contribution

  1. liberty

    To have freedom.

    Liberty is vital for all human beings.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of liberty in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of liberty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of liberty in a Sentence

  1. United States:

    The United States Government and Department of Commerce can not and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China, this action will ensure that our technologies, fostered in an environment of individual liberty and free enterprise, are not used to repress defenseless minority populations.

  2. Becki Falwell:

    Even years after the improper relationship had ended, this person continued to be aggressive with Falwell Jr. wife and me in a variety of ways. Giancarlo Granda finally decided that Giancarlo Granda had to further withdraw completely from him, which resulted in him stepping up his threats to share more outrageous and fabricated claims about Giancarlo Granda, eventually, Giancarlo Granda began threatening to publicly reveal this secret relationship with Falwell Jr. wife and to deliberately embarrass Falwell Jr. wife, family, and Liberty University unless we agreed to pay Giancarlo Granda substantial monies.

  3. Marvin Cooley:

    We must pity the poor wretched, timid soul who is too faint-hearted to resist his oppressors. He sings the song of the dammed: “I can’t fight back; I have too much to lose; I own too much property; I have worked too hard to get what I have; They will put me out of business if I resist; I might go to jail; I have my family to think about.” Such poor miserable creatures have misplaced values and are hiding their cowardice behind pretended family responsibility -- blindly refusing to see that the most glorious legacy that one can bequeath to posterity is liberty; and that the only true security is liberty.

  4. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, author Alexis de Tocqueville:

    Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    When I was Secretary of State, President Obama and I worked with Aung San Suu Kyi and others on the ground in Burma to nurture flickers of progress into a real opening, as President, I will ensure that the United States continues to stand with them and with everyone around the world who seeks liberty and dignity.

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