• WordNet 3.6
    • n liberty an act of undue intimacy
    • n liberty immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence
    • n liberty freedom of choice "liberty of opinion","liberty of worship","liberty--perfect liberty--to think or feel or do just as one pleases","at liberty to choose whatever occupation one wishes"
    • n liberty personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression
    • n liberty leave granted to a sailor or naval officer
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Additional illustrations & photos:

There was Liberty, beautiful and serene There was Liberty, beautiful and serene
Flaminus restoring liberty to Greece at the Isthmian Games Flaminus restoring liberty to Greece at the Isthmian Games

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: With winds of 50 miles per hour, The Statue of Liberty sways three inches and the torch sways five inches
    • Liberty A certain amount of freedom; permission to go freely within certain limits; also, the place or limits within which such freedom is exercised; as, the liberties of a prison.
    • Liberty (Manege) A curve or arch in a bit to afford room for the tongue of the horse.
    • Liberty A privilege conferred by a superior power; permission granted; leave; as, liberty given to a child to play, or to a witness to leave a court, and the like.
    • Liberty A privilege or license in violation of the laws of etiquette or propriety; as, to permit, or take, a liberty . "He was repeatedly provoked into striking those who had taken liberties with him."
    • Liberty Freedom from imprisonment, bonds, or other restraint upon locomotion. "Being pent from liberty , as I am now."
    • Liberty (Naut) Leave of absence; permission to go on shore.
    • Liberty Privilege; exemption; franchise; immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; as, the liberties of the commercial cities of Europe. "His majesty gave not an entire county to any; much less did he grant . . . any extraordinary liberties ."
    • Liberty The place within which certain immunities are enjoyed, or jurisdiction is exercised. "Brought forth into some public or open place within the liberty of the city, and there . . . burned."
    • Liberty The power of choice; freedom from necessity; freedom from compulsion or constraint in willing. "The idea of liberty is the idea of a power in any agent to do or forbear any particular action, according to the determination or thought of the mind, whereby either of them is preferred to the other.""This liberty of judgment did not of necessity lead to lawlessness."
    • Liberty The state of a free person; exemption from subjection to the will of another claiming ownership of the person or services; freedom; -- opposed to slavery, serfdom, bondage, or subjection. "But ye . . . caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid whom he had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection.""Delivered fro the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When the Statue of Liberty was moved from France to the United States, 214 crates were used to transport it. The Statue was also reduced to 350 pieces
    • n liberty The state of being free, or exempt from external restraint or constraint, physical or moral; freedom; especially, exemption from opposition or irksome restraint of any kind.
    • n liberty Specifically Freedom of the will; the power of election or free choice, undetermined by any necessity; exemption from internal compulsion or restraint in willing or volition.
    • n liberty The condition of being exempt, as a community or an individual, from foreign or arbitrary political control; a condition of political self-government. Civil liberty implies the subjection of the individual members of a community to laws imposed by the community as a whole; but it does not imply the assent of each individual to these laws. An individual has civil liberty if he is a member of a community which possesses such liberty, and is in the enjoyment of the rights which the laws of the community guarantee him.
    • n liberty In law, freedom from all restraints except such as the lawful rights of others prescribe.—
    • n liberty Permission granted, as by a superior, to do something that one might not otherwise do; leave; specifically, permission granted to enlisted men in the navy to go on shore. Compare liberty-man.
    • n liberty Immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; privilege; exemption; franchise: as, the liberties of the commercial cities of Europe.
    • n liberty A place or district within which certain special privileges may be exercised; the limits within which freedom is enjoyed by those entitled to it; a place of exclusive jurisdiction: generally in the plural: as, the liberties of a prison (the limits within which prisoners are free to move); within the city liberty; the Northern Liberties (a part of Philadelphia so named because originally consisting of districts having certain specific privileges).
    • n liberty Action or speech not warranted by custom or propriety; freedom not specially granted; freedom of action or speech beyond the ordinary bounds of civility or decorum: as, may I take the liberty of calling on you?
    • n liberty In the manège, a curve or arch in a horse's bit affording room for the tongue.
    • n liberty With freedom or power (to do something): as, he was not at liberty to disclose the secret.
    • n liberty Disengaged; not in use.
    • n liberty Synonyms Independence, etc. (see freedom); License, etc. (see leave, n.).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Statue of Liberty weighs 225 tons.
    • n Liberty lib′ėr-ti freedom to do as one pleases: the unrestrained enjoyment of natural rights: power of free choice: privilege: exemption: relaxation of restraint: the bounds within which certain privileges are enjoyed: freedom of speech or action beyond ordinary civility
    • adj Liberty belonging to a freedman: unrestrained: licentious
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  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Peace is liberty in tranquillity.”
  • Harry Emerson Fosdick
    “Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Where liberty is, there is my country.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Liberty has no crueler enemy than license.”
  • William Allen White
    William Allen White
    “Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. liberte, F. liberté, fr. L. libertas, fr. liber, free. See Liberal


In literature:

She is described as a Polish lady of great beauty, being known in this country as an earnest advocate of human liberty.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
The love of liberty flowed down to her through two streams of life.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
They loved liberty, but liberty associated with order, with justice, with mercy, and with civilization.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
What were to be the guarantees of liberty, and consequently of all the interests which liberty itself was intended to guarantee?
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
They said, Should we give a rebellious knave, like you, your liberty?
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
But fiscal liberty raises more searching questions than juristic liberty.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
The revolutions which swept over Italy in 1848 were the knell of the other Italian States, but to Piedmont they were the trumpet of liberty.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
They would raise the mass of the people to the enjoyment of liberty, but to liberty controlled by vigorous law.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
It is evident that competition is liberty.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Peace and order mean subordination and discipline, and the only liberty possible is the liberty which presupposes such 'coercion.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen

In poetry:

“There is not much in liberty”—­
With doubtful pauses he began;
And said to her and said to me,
“There was a man—­
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Thy best hope where, dear Liberty?
In fast upwinging time.
Thy first strength where, proud Liberty?
In thine oppressor's crime.
"Liberty" by Ernest Jones
Goddess of Liberty! O thou
Whose tearless eyes behold the chain,
And look unmoved upon the slain,
Eternal peace upon thy brow,—
"Invocation" by Ambrose Bierce
He tells us of that glorious one,
I think his name was Washington,
How he did fight for liberty,
To save a threepence tax on tea.
"A Song For Freedom" by Anonymous Americas
"Auld Scotland is unconquered land,
And aye for freedom made a stand;
So let us a' in that agree,
Hurra, hurra, for liberty!
"What Do Ye Think o' Geordie Noo?" by Carolina Oliphant
IT was not many centuries since,
When, gathered on the moonlit green,
Beneath the Tree of Liberty,
A ring of weeping sprites was seen.
"The Meeting Of The Dryads" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Liberty University senior and self-described Christian conservative Steve Cole, of Florida, holds up a sign criticizing Democratic presidential candidate Sen Barack Obama, D-Ill.
Nyier Abdou/The Star-Ledger Khalia Fitchette, 17, of Newark (center), speaks during a press conference at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey offices in Newark.
President Obama has asked for support in his re-election bid from the faith community with a video saying his "commitment to protecting religious liberty is and always will be unwavering.".
The application was being touted by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.
Brownback says he respects educators teaching about "liberties" and "decorum".
Jersey Journal file photo A state commission today approved a plan to divert a 1-acre portion of Liberty State Park so it can house the Specra Energy natural-gas pipeline.
Harry Peterson of Woodbridge Township came to the Liberty Village outlets in Flemington with his wife today, Saturday.
The 28-year-old Chinese doctoral student at Rutgers is believed to have caused a security breach that resulted in major delays Sunday at Newark Liberty Airport.
Norwayne 54, Youngstown Liberty 7: Joe Dreher throws for 326 yards.
Liberty, 517 15th Ave E. Freet makes life easy for gin skeptics.
For more than a decade, Addonis Parker, owner of Art Forever Studios in Liberty City, has concentrated on improving the world through paint and brush.
In the United States and other (relatively) free societies, the personal liberty we enjoy is based on one single notion: Self-ownership.
Virginia and Patrick McCaskey host Reclaiming Religious Liberty Leadership Summit.
And there is only so much that members of the art club at Liberty High School in Mountain View, Mo.
The two join a growing list of AU manufacturers — 30 in all — that also includes Integra, Monitor Audio, Sonance, Liberty, Harman, URC, JL, Epson, and Digital Projection.

In science:

B (q , r) ⊙ (s, t) = (q ⊙ s − t ⊙ r , r ⊙ s + t ⊙ q) Here we have taken the liberty of overloading the symbol ⊙ by applying it to the multiplication of both bicomplex and tricomplex numbers.
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
Of course, we have taken liberties with our use of the term ‘ignorant’.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
There is ample liberty to choose among them.
Quantifiers for randomness of chaotic pseudo random number generators
Note that ({(t, x) : t ∈ Z, x ∈ SL(2, K )}, ∗) is a (non definable) subgroup of G, which we will take the liberty to call ^SL2 (K ). (In fact it will identify with the so-called o-minimal universal cover of SL(2, K ), an ind-definable group in ¯M , but this fact will not be needed.).
Connected components of definable groups and o-minimality I
Hence we will take the liberty of just speaking of ‘the threshold rcol ’ (for k ≥ 3 given).
The condensation transition in random hypergraph 2-coloring