2. Liberty of the person from slavery, detention, or oppression.
a. Political independence.
b. Exemption from the arbitrary exercise of authority in the performance of a specific action; civil liberty: freedom of assembly.
4. Exemption from an unpleasant or onerous condition: freedom from want.
5. The capacity to exercise choice; free will: We have the freedom to do as we please all afternoon.
6. Ease or facility of movement: loose sports clothing, giving the wearer freedom.
7. Frankness or boldness; lack of modesty or reserve: the new freedom in movies and novels.
a. The right to unrestricted use; full access: was given the freedom of their research facilities.
b. The right of enjoying all of the privileges of membership or citizenship: the freedom of the city.
9. A right or the power to engage in certain actions without control or interference: the seductive freedoms and excesses of the picaresque form(John W. Aldridge).
[Middle English fredom, from Old English frodm : fro, free; see free + -dm, -dom.]
Synonyms: freedom, liberty, license These nouns refer to the power to act, speak, or think without externally imposed restraints. Freedom is the most general term: In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free (Abraham Lincoln). Liberty stresses the power of free choice: liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases (William Hazlitt). License sometimes denotes deliberate deviation from normally applicable rules or practices to achieve a desired effect: poetic license. Frequently, though, it denotes undue freedom: the intolerable license with which the newspapers break . . . the rules of decorum (Edmund Burke).
freedom /fridm/ n.1 [U] the condition of being free, having the power to act and speak without restrictions: The boy has the freedom to go where he wants to go.2 [C] a set of legal rights protected by the government, such as freedom of speech or religion: Our various freedoms are the foundation of our nation.3 [U] release from prison or slavery: The jury found the suspect not guilty, and the judge gave him his freedom.4 [U] protection against, release from s.t.: The medication gave him freedom from pain.5 [U] ability to move s.t.: His leg was broken, but he gradually regained freedom of movement.