- 1[uncountable] freedom to live as you choose without too many restrictions from government or authority the fight for justice and liberty The concept of individual liberty is enshrined in the constitution.
- 2[uncountable] the state of not being a prisoner or a slave the salves struggle for liberty
- 3[countable] the legal right and freedom to do something The right to vote should be a liberty enjoyed by all. People fear that security cameras could infringe personal liberties. see also civil liberty
- 4 [singular] an act or a statement that may offend or annoy someone, especially because it is done without permission or does not show respect He took the liberty of reading my files while I was away. Idioms
- 1to make important and unreasonable changes to something, especially a book The movie takes considerable liberties with the novel that it is based on.
- 2 (old-fashioned) to be too friendly with someone, especially in a sexual way
(of a prisoner or an animal) no longer in prison or in a cage synonym free
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having the right or freedom to do something synonym free You are at liberty to say what you like. I am not at liberty to discuss my client's case.
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