civil liberty

noun Usually civil liberties.

the freedom of a citizen to exercise customary rights, as of speech or assembly, without unwarranted or arbitrary interference by the government.
such a right as guaranteed by the laws of a country, as in the U.S. by the Bill of Rights.

Nearby words

  1. civil engineer,
  2. civil engineering,
  3. civil law,
  4. civil libertarian,
  5. civil liberties,
  6. civil list,
  7. civil marriage,
  8. civil partnership,
  9. civil righter,
  10. civil rightist

Origin of civil liberty

First recorded in 1635–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for civil liberty

civil liberty


the right of an individual to certain freedoms of speech and action
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