Meaning of FREEDOM in English



Pronunciation: ' fr ē -d ə m

Function: noun

Date: before 12th century

1 : the quality or state of being free: as a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : INDEPENDENCE c : the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous < freedom from care> d : EASE , FACILITY <spoke the language with freedom > e : the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken <answered with freedom > f : improper familiarity g : boldness of conception or execution h : unrestricted use <gave him the freedom of their home>

2 a : a political right b : FRANCHISE , PRIVILEGE

synonyms FREEDOM , LIBERTY , LICENSE mean the power or condition of acting without compulsion. FREEDOM has a broad range of application from total absence of restraint to merely a sense of not being unduly hampered or frustrated < freedom of the press>. LIBERTY suggests release from former restraint or compulsion <the released prisoner had difficulty adjusting to his new liberty >. LICENSE implies freedom specially granted or conceded and may connote an abuse of freedom <freedom without responsibility may degenerate into license >.

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.