civil liberty

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n civil liberty fundamental individual right protected by law and expressed as immunity from unwarranted governmental interference
    • n civil liberty one's freedom to exercise one's rights as guaranteed under the laws of the country
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Civil liberty exemption from arbitrary interference with person, opinion, or property, on the part of the government under which one lives, and freedom to take part in modifying that government or its laws.
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Quotations

  • John Milton
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    “When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.”
  • Sigmund Freud
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    “The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.”
  • Junius
    Junius
    “The liberty of the Press is the Palladium of all the civil, political and religious rights of an Englishman.”

Usage

In literature:

There was a time when he was regarded as a noble sufferer in the cause of civil and religious liberty.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
It asks Presbyterians to stand fast for the enjoyment of civil and religious liberty.
"George Brown" by John Lewis
Last, but not least, are the great lessons recounted of the foundations of civil liberty.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Establishment of Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
"Homeland Security Act of 2002" by Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives
But there were other political impulses which tended to create and feed the sacred flame of civil and religious liberty.
"East Anglia Personal Recollections and Historical Associations" by J. Ewing Ritchie
A doctrine productive of anarchy, and (in consequence) equally fatal to civil liberty as tyranny itself.
"Commentaries on the Laws of England" by William Blackstone
He had always been a firm friend of civil and religious liberty.
"Maria Antoinette" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
We desire a republic founded in true liberty, in civil liberty, in popular representation.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Civil liberty Canadians inherited from their fathers overseas.
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton
A letter was received from R. R. Collier, Petersburg, to-day, in favor of civil liberty, and against the despotism of martial law.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
To that conflict of four hundred years we owe the rise of civil liberty.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Liberty is gone, but civilization has been saved.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 6" by Various
Civil liberty taught in France by Lafayette and his companions in America, leads to the French Revolution.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 14" by Various
Three years ago they have been allowed to have assemblies, and thus Civil Liberty was assured.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
Nothing is so fatal to the cause of civil liberty as the abuse of the privileges which it confers.
"Trevethlan: Volume 1" by William Davy Watson
The former holds the latter deprived of political, civil, and religious liberties.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
Education am the palladium of our liberties and the grand pandemonium of civilization.
"The Women of Tomorrow" by William Hard
They laid for us the foundations of a civil liberty more indestructible than that of Rome.
"The Library and Society" by Various
The former holds the latter deprived of political, civil and religious liberty.
"Cuba" by Arthur D. Hall
The civilized world talk of liberty, but these savages alone truly enjoy it.
"Journal of Voyages" by Jacob Dunham
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In poetry:

But by the wondrous work of God,
The world's second Moses came;
And through the sea of civil strife,
Brought liberty instead of shame.
"From Degradation Through Supplication To Education. The Negro." by Frank Barbour Coffin
When army clouds mingled in that civil storm
Which hung o'er the Nation in deep low'ring gloom,
Above a horizon of breastworks his form,
The emblem of Liberty, proudly did plume.
"Old Abe, The War Eagle Of Wisconsin" by Albery Allson Whitman

In news:

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia on behalf of the Ku Klux Klan , which had tried unsuccessfully to join the state's Adopt-a-Highway program.
ATLANTA — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia on behalf of the Ku Klux Klan , which had tried unsuccessfully to join the state's Adopt-a-Highway program.
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Ku Klux Klan group claims that a southeast Missouri city's ban on leafleting unoccupied vehicles violates Klan members' free speech rights, according to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
But the killing of two US citizens has prompted outrage among civil liberties groups, as well as a debate in legal circles about the basis for the administration's position.
The party's platform maintains a strong constitutional emphasis on freedom, civil liberties and personal responsibility.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is asking the Pentagon to immediately remove a question on a test that equates protests with " low-level terrorism," according to a letter from the civil liberties group.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit on behalf of several women who claim their fundamental right to marry was denied when their weddings could not be performed at a Missouri prison.
Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, said his group's phones were lighting up on Friday.
Retired boxing great Muhammad Ali will visit Philadelphia to receive the Liberty Medal, an award recognizing his longtime role as a fighter outside the ring for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom.
Boxing great Muhammad Ali was honored Thursday with the Liberty Medal for his longtime role outside the ring as a fighter for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Retired boxing great Muhammad Ali will visit Philadelphia to receive the Liberty Medal, an award recognizing his longtime role as a fighter outside the ring for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom.
Reo M Christenson (letter, Feb 7) claims that "the outrageously irresponsible entertainment industry, shielded by the American Civil Liberties Union, is primarily responsible for the increasing degradation of our popular culture.".
Since Sept 11, politicians and pundits have repeatedly deployed this famous legal phrase while debating civil liberties in this time of terrorism.
Kim Jong-Un has loosened up policies in the country to create more civil liberties.
Larry Penner is a concerned self described taxpayer and citizens' civic activist who will be blogging about government, budgets, politics, economic and civil liberties issues of interest to local residents.
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In science:

The routine encryption of phone calls is something that civil liberty campaigners would welcome while government agencies would not.
Will the Butterfly Cipher keep your Network Data secure? Developments in Computer Encryption
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