[ free-duh m ]
/ ˈfri dəm /


Origin of freedom

before 900; Middle English fredom, Old English frēodōm. See free, -dom


1 Freedom, independence, liberty refer to an absence of undue restrictions and an opportunity to exercise one's rights and powers. Freedom emphasizes the opportunity given for the exercise of one's rights, powers, desires, or the like: freedom of speech or conscience; freedom of movement. Independence implies not only lack of restrictions but also the ability to stand alone, unsustained by anything else: Independence of thought promotes invention and discovery. Liberty, though most often interchanged with freedom, is also used to imply undue exercise of freedom: He took liberties with the text.
9 openness, ingenuousness.
12 license.
16 run.

Related forms

non·free·dom, nouno·ver·free·dom, nounun·free·dom, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈfriːdəm) /


Word Origin for freedom

Old English frēodōm
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