freedom

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n freedom the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints
    • n freedom immunity from an obligation or duty
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Thomas Jefferson had three achievements placed on his headstone at his request, "Here Was Buried Thomas Jefferson/Author Of The Declaration Of American Independence/Of The Statute Of Virginia For Religious Freedom/And Father Of The University of Virginia.? He never mentioned being President of the United States
    • Freedom Ease; facility; as, he speaks or acts with freedom .
    • Freedom Exemption from necessity, in choise and action; as, the freedom of the will.
    • Freedom Frankness; openness; unreservedness. "I emboldened spake and freedom used."
    • Freedom Generosity; liberality.
    • Freedom Improper familiarity; violation of the rules of decorum; license.
    • Freedom Privileges; franchises; immunities. "Your charter and your caty's freedom ."
    • Freedom The state of being free; exemption from the power and control of another; liberty; independence. "Made captive, yet deserving freedom more."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Four Freedoms by Norman Rockwell are the most widely reproduced and distributed paintings in history.
    • n freedom The state or character of being free.
    • n freedom Exemption from the constraint or restraint of physical or moral forces; the state of being able to act without external controlling interference; liberty; in a special sense, exemption from bondage or imprisonment.
    • n freedom Exemption from arbitrary, despotic, or autocratic control, especially in civil matters; independence; civil liberty.
    • n freedom Frankness; openness; outspokenness; unrestrictedness.
    • n freedom License; improper familiarity; in a concrete sense (with a plural), a violation of the rules of decorum; an act of bold presumption.
    • n freedom The state of being clear or exempt (from something): as, freedom from sickness; freedom from care
    • n freedom Ease or facility (of doing anything): as, he speaks or acts with freedom.
    • n freedom Generosity; liberality; open-handedness.
    • n freedom The possession of particular privileges; franchise; immunity: as, the freedom of a city or of a corporation.
    • n freedom A free, unconditional grant; a free privilege or franchise.
    • n freedom In mathematics, capability of displacement in space.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The heavy tea tax imposed on the colonies in 1773, which caused the "Boston Tea Party," resulted in America switching from tea to coffee. Drinking coffee was an expression of freedom.
    • Freedom liberty: frankness: separation: privileges connected with a city: improper familiarity: license
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Quotations

  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “True obedience is true freedom.”
  • Albert Camus
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    “Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.”
  • Ilya G. Ehrenburg
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    “There is nothing more wonderful than freedom of speech.”
  • Epictetus
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    “Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.”
  • Epictetus
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    “Freedom is the right to live as we wish.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Only law can give us freedom.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. freódōm,; freó,free + -dom,. See Free, and -dom
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. freo; Ger. frei, Ice. frí.

Usage

In literature:

The civil war in our own generation was but an added proof of woman's love for freedom and her worthiness of its possession.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
Freedom, simple freedom, is 'in my estimation just, far prized above all price.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
All these conditions indicate the close relationship that exists between relative position and freedom of action (page 70).
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
At Athens, so deservedly admired for the mildness of her slave laws, the door of freedom was opened widely.
"An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans" by Lydia Maria Child
Personal freedom, colonial freedom, international freedom, were parts of one whole.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
How far may freedom be identified with freedom of competition?
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
She felt a sense of freedom near him.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
If McTrigger's freedom had meant anything to her, she could not have done less than reveal to him a bit of sympathy.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
Freedom to do ill must accompany freedom to do well.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
What result will her freedom have on the sexual relationships?
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
In those days there was no freedom.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
To judge by his threats, he would have employed arbitrary, even cruel, means to advance the cause of freedom and equality.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
But it is well to keep in mind the entire dependence of Socialism upon a high level of intelligence, education and freedom.
"New Worlds For Old" by Herbert George Wells
His father bought freedom through a blacksmith shop, some way.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
It had a tendency to repress freedom of thought and freedom of action.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Freedom from prejudice is the first condition for the recognition of truth.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
Freedom ought to be the character of character.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
Dat long 'fore de war for freedom, but I don't know de year.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
You are free, you bring freedom with you, and shall gain freedom for yourself.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
Perhaps you don't know what freedom is, never having had any.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
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In poetry:

Rest comes at last to the weary,
And freedom to the slave;
Her tired and worn-out body
Sleeps well in its pauper grave.
"The Martyr" by Victor James Daley
Upward to the heaven above us,
Onward in the march of mind,
Upward to the shrine of freedom,
Onward, working for our kind.
"The Lowly Song of A Lowly Bard" by Janet Hamilton
For him, whose voice for freedom
Swayed friend and foe at will,
Hushed is the tongue of silver,
The golden lips are still!
"A Welcome To Lowell" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Chorus.
My old massa tells me O
This is a land of freedom O;
Let's look about and see if't is so,
Just as massa tells me O.
"A Song For Freedom" by Anonymous Americas
The license of the happy woods,
The brook's release are ours;
The freedom of the unshamed wind
Among the glad-eyed flowers.
"June On The Merrimac" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Memory, you weaken year to year,
Was it that one or another one
Who traded happy freedom
For a sacred, long-awaited battle.
"Memory" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev

In news:

Many characters made appearances during my efforts earlier this year to persuade the international community that the freedom fighters of Libya needed the world's help.
You can bet this kid will never see another second of freedom again for the rest of his life.
It had been a horrible day for the Washington Freedom, losing a game and first place in the Women's United Soccer Association.
As Pulpit Freedom Sunday approaches, some local pastors say they have mixed feelings about its objectives.
Freedom du Lac, The Washington Post.
Religious freedom at home and abroad an election-year issue for many.
And he concocts a scheme to exchange this information for his freedom.
President Clinton's newly proposed medical privacy regulations emphasize the idea that privacy is a manifestation of freedom (front page, Dec 20).
Freedom to make bad choices is what freedom is all about.
The Detroit will resemble a sister ship, the Freedom, shown here US Navy.
It sounds as appealing as apple pie: ensuring religious freedom.
Being able to travel this great country, enjoy the freedom and experience its beauty.
The Department of Justice's (Justice) website called FOIA.gov presents data from agencies' annual Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reports.
Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni freedom fighters were executed in 1995.
John Paul Jones and were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the US Armed Forces, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.
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In science:

Let us also note that there is a freedom on the definition of the transposition, θa → (−1)[a]θa : this freedom is fixed when imposing It = I.
Twisted superYangians and their representations
This freedom corresponds precisely to the freedom to choose the 1+3 functions α and β i .
Close encounters of black holes
We may understand that the freedom in the labeling t of the time slices, gives a freedom of a scale factor (as a function of t) for the whole (spatial) optical geometry.
Generalizing Optical Geometry
S1 Deadlock freedom: an important safety property is deadlock freedom.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
Since each renormalization group transformation Rl corresponds to a reduction of the number of degrees of freedom of a factor lD one could think that a renormalization group flow necessarily terminates with the elimination of all the degrees of freedom.
Renormalization Group versus Kolmogorov-Sinai entropy: a very simple remark
Even though the vacuum spherically symmetric system has only a finite number of physical degrees of freedom given by the black hole ADM mass and its conjugate momentum [38, 39, 40], a Dirac quantization requires field theory techniques in order to deal with infinitely many kinematical degrees of freedom.
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
Then the charge degree of freedom is equivalent to a spinless fermion (SF) model at half-filling with the nearest neighbor Coulomb interaction V , i.e., the interacting SF model, and the spin degree of freedom acts freely as Curie spins.
Theoretical Aspects of Charge Ordering in Molecular Conductors
This is done by extending the large-U studies of the 1D Hubbard model based on the Bethe ansatz,54, 55 where the charge degree of freedom can be represented by SF’s, and the spin degree of freedom is described by Heisenberg spin chains with an effective exchange coupling Jeff .
Theoretical Aspects of Charge Ordering in Molecular Conductors
However, unlike the case of ordinary fluids, since the constituents carry color degrees of freedom, the transport of such degrees of freedom, in a way consistent with the nonabelian gauge symmetry, becomes an important issue for this ‘color liquid’.
Color Skyrmions in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
QCD is a simple example of this; the physical degrees of freedom we see in mesons and baryons are very difficult to describe precisely in terms of the natural degrees of freedom (the quarks and gluons) in which the fundamental QCD Lagrangian is naturally written.
String Field Theory
Theorem 4.10. (Finite Degrees of Freedom) The THC model (1)-(3) has finitely many asymptotic degrees of freedom, in the sense of having a finite set of linearly independent continuous functionals which is asymptotical ly determining in probability, on Hs with 0 < s < 1/4.
Dynamics of the Thermohaline Circulation Under Uncertainty
The existence of the integral I3 shows that the two degrees of freedom Toda lattice is super– integrable with three integrals of motion {I1 , I2 , I3}. A Hamiltonian system with N degrees of freedom is called super-integrable if it possesses 2N − 1 independent integrals of motion.
Multiple Hamiltonian structure of Bogoyavlensky-Toda lattices
Among the GMV’s, h and h′ are the variables of the longitudinal degrees of freedom, while r, α and α′ are variables of peripheral degrees of freedom.
A lattice dynamical treatment for the total potential energy of single-walled carbon nanotubes and its applications: relaxed equilibrium structure, elastic properties, and vibrational modes of ultra-narrow tubes
Since we have not specified the distance scale L in the argument of the logarithm appearing in Eqn. (B.6), the freedom to shift the right-hand side of the OPE by M (σ+ , τ − ) is already present in the freedom to choose L.
Cosmological unification of string theories
The only freedom in the solution is the freedom to choose the length scale L′ .
Cosmological unification of string theories
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