Freedom | Define Freedom at Dictionary.com

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1. Freedom, independence, liberty refer to an absence of undue restrictions and an opportunity to exercise one’s rights and powers. Freedom emphasizes the opportunity given for the exercise of one’s rights, powers, desires, or the like: freedom of speech or conscience; freedom of movement. Independence implies not only lack of restrictions but also the ability to stand alone, unsustained by anything else: Independence of thought promotes invention and discovery. Liberty, though most often interchanged with freedom, is also used to imply undue exercise of freedom: He took liberties with the text. 9. openness, ingenuousness. 12. license. 16. run.

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It was also an attack on our freedom of expression and way of life.

The more we appease, the more we indulge, the moreemboldened the enemies of freedom become.

Freedom of speech, then, is sometimes not worth the trouble that comes with it.

It was something ineffable and harder to define: freedom of speech.

Police, their representatives and supporters tell us, ensure our freedom of speech through our ability to protest.

Old English frodm

Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Old English freodom “freedom, state of free will; charter, emancipation, deliverance;” see free (adj.) + -dom. Freedom-rider recorded 1961, in reference to civil rights activists in U.S. trying to integrate bus lines.

Freedom fighter attested by 1903 (originally with reference to Cuba).

Online Etymology Dictionary, 2010 Douglas Harper

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