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freedom


free·dom  (frdm)
n.
1. The condition of being free of restraints.
2. Liberty of the person from slavery, detention, or oppression.
3.
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.
8.
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. freedom

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