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civil liberty

noun, Usually, civil liberties
1.
the freedom of a citizen to exercise customary rights, as of speech or assembly, without unwarranted or arbitrary interference by the government.
2.
such a right as guaranteed by the laws of a country, as in the U.S. by the Bill of Rights.
Origin of civil liberty
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45
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civil liberty

noun
1.
the right of an individual to certain freedoms of speech and action
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