noun, plural lib·er·ties.
- free from captivity or restraint.
- unemployed; out of work.
- free to do or be as specified: You are at liberty to leave at any time during the meeting.
Origin of liberty
Synonyms for liberty
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Contemporary Examples of liberty
At this point Marvin gives his Liberty Valance smile, the kind that makes you wish you could disintegrate in front of him.
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
December 22, 2014
Whichever way forward works, it needs to happen, so that “liberty and just for all” actually means “all.”State of LGBT Rights: Married on Sunday, but Fired on Monday
December 14, 2014
Historical Examples of liberty
What was said in the registrar's office, Emma, or aren't you at liberty to tell me?Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
But I say to all men, what we have achieved in liberty, we will surpass in greater liberty.
We have saved a number of countries from losing their liberty.
They will test our courage, our devotion to duty, and our concept of liberty.
Liberty for all does not mean independence from one another.
noun plural -ties
- authorized leave granted to a sailor
- (as modifier)liberty man; liberty boat
Word Origin for liberty
late 14c., "free choice, freedom to do as one chooses," from Old French liberté "freedom, liberty, free will" (14c.), from Latin libertatem (nominative libertas) "freedom, condition of a free man; absence of restraint; permission," from liber "free" (see liberal)
The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure it is right. [Learned Hand, 1944]
Nautical sense of "leave of absence" is from 1758. To take liberties "go beyond the bounds of propriety" is from 1620s. Sense of "privileges by grant" (14c.) led to sense of "a person's private land" (mid-15c.), which yielded sense in 18c. England and America of "a district within a county but having its own justice of the peace," and also "a district adjacent to a city and in some degree under its municipal jurisdiction" (e.g. Northern Liberties of Philadelphia). Also cf. Old French libertés "local rights, laws, taxes."
see at liberty; take the liberty of.