American English

Definition of freedom noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] freedom (of something) the right to do or say what you want without anyone stopping you freedom of speech/thought/expression/worship a threat to press/academic, etc. freedom rights and freedoms guaranteed by the constitution
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] the state of being able to do what you want, without anything stopping you freedom (of something) freedom of movement/choice Thanks to the automobile, Americans soon had a freedom of movement previously unknown. Enjoy the freedom of the outdoors (= where you can do what you want). freedom (to do something) complete freedom to do whatever you want These proposals would give health agencies greater freedom in deciding how to spend their money.
  3. 3[uncountable] the state of not being a prisoner or slave He finally won his freedom after twenty years in jail.
  4. 4[uncountable] freedom from something the state of not being affected by the thing mentioned freedom from fear/pain/hunger, etc. see also freeman
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: freedom