freedom
noun Date: before 12th century 1. the quality or state of being free: as a. the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b. liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another ; independence c. the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous <
freedom from care
>
d. ease, facility <
spoke the language with freedom
>
e. the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken <
answered with freedom
>
f. improper familiarity g. boldness of conception or execution h. unrestricted use <
gave him the freedom of their home
>
2. a. a political right b. franchise, privilege Synonyms: freedom, liberty, license mean the power or condition of acting without compulsion. freedom has a broad range of application from total absence of restraint to merely a sense of not being unduly hampered or frustrated <
freedom of the press
>
. liberty suggests release from former restraint or compulsion <
the released prisoner had difficulty adjusting to his new liberty
>
. license implies freedom specially granted or conceded and may connote an abuse of freedom <
freedom without responsibility may degenerate into license
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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