Meaning of FREEDOM in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈfrē-dəm ]


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


a. : a political right

b. : franchise , privilege


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's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.