['lɪbətɪ] or ['lɪbɚti]


(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'.

(noun.) personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression.

校对:奥菲莉娅--From WordNet


(n.) 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.

(n.) Freedom from imprisonment, bonds, or other restraint upon locomotion.

(n.) 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.

(n.) Privilege; exemption; franchise; immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; as, the liberties of the commercial cities of Europe.

(n.) The place within which certain immunities are enjoyed, or jurisdiction is exercised.

(n.) 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.

(n.) A privilege or license in violation of the laws of etiquette or propriety; as, to permit, or take, a liberty.

(n.) The power of choice; freedom from necessity; freedom from compulsion or constraint in willing.

(n.) A curve or arch in a bit to afford room for the tongue of the horse.

(n.) Leave of absence; permission to go on shore.



n. [1]. Freedom (after previous restraint), liberation from restraint, independence.[2]. Privilege, immunity, franchise.[3]. Leave, permission, license.



SYN:Freedom, leave, independence, permission, privilege, license, franchise,immunity, insult, impropriety, volition, voluntariness, exemption

ANT:Slavery, servitude, restraint, constraint, submission, dependence, obligation,compulsion, deference, respect, considerateness, necessity, fatality,predestination



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.



n. One of Imagination's most precious possessions.





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