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Definition of Liberty

Liberty

  1. The state of a free person; exemption from subjection to the will of another claiming ownership of the person or services; freedom; -- opposed to slavery, serfdom, bondage, or subjection.
  2. Freedom from imprisonment, bonds, or other restraint upon locomotion.
  3. A privilege conferred by a superior power; permission granted; leave; as, liberty given to a child to play, or to a witness to leave a court, and the like.
  4. Privilege; exemption; franchise; immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; as, the liberties of the commercial cities of Europe.
  5. The place within which certain immunities are enjoyed, or jurisdiction is exercised.
  6. A certain amount of freedom; permission to go freely within certain limits; also, the place or limits within which such freedom is exercised; as, the liberties of a prison.
  7. A privilege or license in violation of the laws of etiquette or propriety; as, to permit, or take, a liberty.
  8. The power of choice; freedom from necessity; freedom from compulsion or constraint in willing.
  9. A curve or arch in a bit to afford room for the tongue of the horse.
  10. Leave of absence; permission to go on shore.

Liberty Quotations

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Thomas Jefferson

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
Alexis de Tocqueville

All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
John Locke

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
Thomas Jefferson

I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.
Andrew Jackson
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Liberty Translations

liberty in German is Freiheit
liberty in Latin is libertas
liberty in Norwegian is frihet
liberty in Spanish is libertad, libreria
liberty in Swedish is frihet
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