personal liberty

  1. the liberty of an individual to act with free will except for those restraints imposed by law to safeguard the physical, moral, political, and economic welfare of others.

Origin of personal liberty

First recorded in 1840–50

Words Nearby personal liberty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use personal liberty in a sentence

  • They struggled against their masters, and tried to secure their personal liberty, and the freedom of their land.

    Landholding In England | Joseph Fisher
  • They not only managed most of its details for him, but were permitted a good deal of personal liberty.

    The Middy and the Moors | R.M. Ballantyne
  • The mountaineer is restive under discipline and passionate in his insistence on personal liberty.

    The Code of the Mountains | Charles Neville Buck
  • What advantage shall we have in strengthening the empire of Rome, if we cannot preserve our personal liberty?

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2 | Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
  • The reasons adduced among us in justification of slaveholding, and therefore against personal liberty, are multitudinous.

    No Compromise with Slavery | William Lloyd Garrison