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[ free-duhm ]


  1. the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint:

    He won his freedom after a retrial.

  2. exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.
  3. the power to determine action without restraint.
  4. political or national independence.
  5. personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery:

    The formerly enslaved seamstress bought her freedom and later became Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker and stylist.

  6. exemption from the presence of anything specified (usually followed by from ):

    freedom from fear.

  7. the absence of or release from ties, obligations, etc.
  8. ease or facility of movement or action:

    to enjoy the freedom of living in the country.

  9. frankness of manner or speech.

    Synonyms: ingenuousness, openness

  10. general exemption or immunity:

    freedom from taxation.

  11. the absence of ceremony or reserve.
  12. a liberty taken.

    Synonyms: license

  13. a particular immunity or privilege enjoyed, as by a city or corporation:

    freedom to levy taxes.

  14. civil liberty, as opposed to subjection to an arbitrary or despotic government.
  15. the right to enjoy all the privileges or special rights of citizenship, membership, etc., in a community or the like.
  16. the right to frequent, enjoy, or use at will:

    to have the freedom of a friend's library.

    Synonyms: run

  17. Philosophy. the power to exercise choice and make decisions without constraint from within or without; autonomy; self-determination. Compare necessity ( def 7 ).


/ ˈfriːdəm /


  1. personal liberty, as from slavery, bondage, serfdom, etc
  2. liberation or deliverance, as from confinement or bondage
  3. the quality or state of being free, esp to enjoy political and civil liberties
  4. usually foll by from the state of being without something unpleasant or bad; exemption or immunity

    freedom from taxation

  5. the right or privilege of unrestricted use or access

    the freedom of a city

  6. autonomy, self-government, or independence
  7. the power or liberty to order one's own actions
  8. philosophy the quality, esp of the will or the individual, of not being totally constrained; able to choose between alternative actions in identical circumstances
  9. ease or frankness of manner; candour

    she talked with complete freedom

  10. excessive familiarity of manner; boldness
  11. ease and grace, as of movement; lack of effort

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Other Words From

  • non·free·dom noun
  • o·ver·free·dom noun
  • un·free·dom noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of freedom1

First recorded before 900; Middle English fredom, Old English frēodōm; free, -dom

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Word History and Origins

Origin of freedom1

Old English frēodōm

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Synonym Study

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.

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Example Sentences

You want to be right up to that edge where it’s dynamic and there’s freedom.

He has no idea what the brave men and women who have fought and even died in war for our country, and those in the military today protecting our freedoms, stand for.

Instead, Brazil’s National Congress is considering legislation that would violate the privacy and freedom of expression of the country’s 137 million internet users.

This limitless freedom that it feels like I can feel in her performance there.

From Ozy

He’ll remember his one moment of freedom, he claims, when he’s “old and bent.”

From Vox

In other words, the free thinker defending freedom of thought.

It was also an attack on our freedom of expression and way of life.

The more we appease, the more we indulge, the more emboldened the enemies of freedom become.

No one wants to align with less freedom at a time like this.

The choice between freedom and fear is not difficult when seen with perspective.

For this use of the voice in the special service of will-power, or propelling force, it is necessary first to test its freedom.

It was a life full of freedom, and I shall never cease to be grateful for it, but I must go home soon and look after my affairs.

Her success increased her confidence in herself and enhanced the boldness and freedom with which she handled her brush.

If there is everywhere complete economic freedom, then there will ensue in consequence a régime of social justice.

The primal rigidity of the straight line yields later on to the freedom of an organ.





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