the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint: He won his freedom after a retrial.
exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.
the power to determine action without restraint.
political or national independence.
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.
exemption from the presence of anything specified (usually followed by from): freedom from fear.
the absence of or release from ties, obligations, etc.
ease or facility of movement or action: to enjoy the freedom of living in the country.
frankness of manner or speech.
general exemption or immunity: freedom from taxation.
the absence of ceremony or reserve.
a liberty taken.
a particular immunity or privilege enjoyed, as by a city or corporation: freedom to levy taxes.
civil liberty, as opposed to subjection to an arbitrary or despotic government.
the right to enjoy all the privileges or special rights of citizenship, membership, etc., in a community or the like.
the right to frequent, enjoy, or use at will: to have the freedom of a friend's library.
Philosophy. the power to exercise choice and make decisions without constraint from within or without; autonomy; self-determination.: Compare necessity (def. 7).
- non·free·dom, noun
- o·ver·free·dom, noun
- un·free·dom, noun
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How to use freedom in a sentence
You want to be right up to that edge where it’s dynamic and there’s freedom.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode) | Maria Konnikova | September 12, 2020 | Freakonomics
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.My Dad served in WWII — he was a hero, not a loser | Peter Rosenstein | September 10, 2020 | Washington Blade
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.Brazil’s “fake news” bill won’t solve its misinformation problem | Amy Nordrum | September 10, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
This limitless freedom that it feels like I can feel in her performance there.After Playing So Many Roles, Who Is the Real Tatiana Maslany? | Eromo Egbejule | September 4, 2020 | Ozy
He’ll remember his one moment of freedom, he claims, when he’s “old and bent.”
In other words, the free thinker defending freedom of thought.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President | Pierre Assouline | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was also an attack on our freedom of expression and way of life.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The more we appease, the more we indulge, the more emboldened the enemies of freedom become.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive | Ayaan Hirsi Ali | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
No one wants to align with less freedom at a time like this.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The choice between freedom and fear is not difficult when seen with perspective.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too | John Avlon | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
For this use of the voice in the special service of will-power, or propelling force, it is necessary first to test its freedom.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
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.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Her success increased her confidence in herself and enhanced the boldness and freedom with which she handled her brush.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
If there is everywhere complete economic freedom, then there will ensue in consequence a régime of social justice.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
The primal rigidity of the straight line yields later on to the freedom of an organ.Children's Ways | James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for freedom
personal liberty, as from slavery, bondage, serfdom, etc
liberation or deliverance, as from confinement or bondage
the quality or state of being free, esp to enjoy political and civil liberties
(usually foll by from) the state of being without something unpleasant or bad; exemption or immunity: freedom from taxation
the right or privilege of unrestricted use or access: the freedom of a city
autonomy, self-government, or independence
the power or liberty to order one's own actions
philosophy the quality, esp of the will or the individual, of not being totally constrained; able to choose between alternative actions in identical circumstances
ease or frankness of manner; candour: she talked with complete freedom
excessive familiarity of manner; boldness
ease and grace, as of movement; lack of effort
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