Free, not obligated; also, not occupied. For example, I am not at liberty to tell you the whole story, or “I ... washed when there was a basin at liberty” (Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1847). This idiom is often used in a negative context, as in the first example. [First half of 1800s]
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At this point Marvin gives his Liberty Valance smile, the kind that makes you wish you could disintegrate in front of him.
Finally, Van Cleef and Martin realize Liberty is going too far.
The first day of Liberty, I was hanging around waiting for Ford to come in.
But Liberty is always dipping his shoulder, whirling around.
We are looking forward to working closely with this champion of liberty.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute|James Kirchick|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whether advocates and orators had liberty to plead in causes, manifestly known to be unjust, vexatious, or oppressive?Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
He worketh under correction, and seeketh to rest: let his hands be idle, and he seeketh liberty.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Tressan was monstrous ill-at-ease, and his face lost a good deal of its habitual plethora of colour.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
It is a further refinement when the staunch little lover of liberty sets about "easing" the pressure of commands.Children's Ways|James Sully
He walked on, and thought of the rapt liberty of the soul in the sweet serenities of beautiful solitude.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter