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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

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

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man. - Robert Green Ingersoll
What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man.
Robert Green Ingersoll

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
John F. Kennedy
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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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