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Liberty meaning

liberty - 12 dictionary results

  1. 1. Freedom from imprisonment, bonds, or other restraint upon locomotion.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. Privilege; exemption; franchise; immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; as, the liberties of the commercial cities of Europe.
  4. 4. The place within which certain immunities are enjoyed, or jurisdiction is exercised.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. A privilege or license in violation of the laws of etiquette or propriety; as, to permit, or take, a liberty.
  7. 7. The power of choice; freedom from necessity; freedom from compulsion or constraint in willing.
  8. 8. A curve or arch in a bit to afford room for the tongue of the horse.
  9. 9. Leave of absence; permission to go on shore.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. Freedom; special privilege or permission; ungranted or undue freedom; as, to take a liberty.
  12. 12. Freedom; permission.

liberty - examples of usage

  1. On the whole, servants in the country, at least at farmhouses, have much more liberty than they could possibly get in town. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. It was a liberty. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  3. You are not at liberty to talk about it." - "They Call Me Carpenter", Upton Sinclair.
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