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NOUN (5)

1. immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence;
[syn: autonomy, liberty]

2. freedom of choice;
- Example: "liberty of opinion"
- Example: "liberty of worship"
- Example: "liberty--perfect liberty--to think or feel or do just as one pleases"
- Example: "at liberty to choose whatever occupation one wishes"

3. personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression;

4. leave granted to a sailor or naval officer;
[syn: shore leave, liberty]

5. an act of undue intimacy;
[syn: familiarity, impropriety, indecorum, liberty]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Liberty \Lib"er*ty\ (l[i^]b"[~e]r*t[y^]), n.; pl. Liberties (-t[i^]z). [OE. liberte, F. libert['e], fr. L. libertas, fr. liber free. See Liberal.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] 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. --Jer. xxxiv. 16. [1913 Webster] Delivered fro the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. --Bible, 1551. Rom. viii. 21. [1913 Webster] 2. Freedom from imprisonment, bonds, or other restraint upon locomotion. [1913 Webster] Being pent from liberty, as I am now. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. 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. [1913 Webster] 4. Privilege; exemption; franchise; immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; as, the liberties of the commercial cities of Europe. [1913 Webster] His majesty gave not an entire county to any; much less did he grant . . . any extraordinary liberties. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster] 5. The place within which certain immunities are enjoyed, or jurisdiction is exercised. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] Brought forth into some public or open place within the liberty of the city, and there . . . burned. --Fuller. [1913 Webster] 6. 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. [1913 Webster] 7. A privilege or license in violation of the laws of etiquette or propriety; as, to permit, or take, a liberty. [1913 Webster] He was repeatedly provoked into striking those who had taken liberties with him. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 8. The power of choice; freedom from necessity; freedom from compulsion or constraint in willing. [1913 Webster] 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. --Locke. [1913 Webster] This liberty of judgment did not of necessity lead to lawlessness. --J. A. Symonds. [1913 Webster] 9. (Manege) A curve or arch in a bit to afford room for the tongue of the horse. [1913 Webster] 10. (Naut.) Leave of absence; permission to go on shore. [1913 Webster] At liberty. (a) Unconfined; free. (b) At leisure. 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. Liberty bell. See under Bell. Liberty cap. (a) The Roman pileus which was given to a slave at his manumission. (b) A limp, close-fitting cap with which the head of representations of the goddess of liberty is often decked. It is sometimes represented on a spear or a liberty pole. Liberty of the press, freedom to print and publish without official supervision. Liberty party, the party, in the American Revolution, which favored independence of England; in more recent usage, a party which favored the emancipation of the slaves. Liberty pole, a tall flagstaff planted in the ground, often surmounted by a liberty cap. [U. S.] Moral liberty, that liberty of choice which is essential to moral responsibility. Religious liberty, freedom of religious opinion and worship. [1913 Webster] Syn: Leave; permission; license. Usage: Liberty, Freedom. These words, though often interchanged, are distinct in some of their applications. Liberty has reference to previous restraint; freedom, to the simple, unrepressed exercise of our powers. A slave is set at liberty; his master had always been in a state of freedom. A prisoner under trial may ask liberty (exemption from restraint) to speak his sentiments with freedom (the spontaneous and bold utterance of his feelings). The liberty of the press is our great security for freedom of thought. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

liberty n 1: immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence [syn: autonomy, liberty] 2: 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" 3: personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression 4: leave granted to a sailor or naval officer [syn: shore leave, liberty] 5: an act of undue intimacy [syn: familiarity, impropriety, indecorum, liberty]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

109 Moby Thesaurus words for "liberty": Lehrfreiheit, OK, a leg up, academic freedom, admission, allowance, assumption, at liberty, authorization, autonomy, blank check, brevet, carte blanche, chance, charter, clear stage, concession, consent, constitutional freedom, copyright, delivery, diploma, diplomatic immunity, discharge, dispensation, emancipation, enfranchisement, exception, exemption, fair field, fair game, familiarity, favor, franchise, free, freedom, freedom from fear, freedom from want, freedom of worship, furlough, grant, holiday, hubris, immunity, imposition, independence, indulgence, initiative, lawlessness, leave, leave of absence, legislative immunity, letters patent, liberated, liberation, liberties, liberty abused, license, licentiousness, loose, occasion, okay, opening, opportunism, opportunity, paid holiday, paid vacation, patent, permission, permission to enter, place, prerogative, presumption, presumptuousness, privilege, release, right, room, royal grant, run, sabbatical, sabbatical leave, sabbatical year, scope, self-determination, self-direction, self-government, shore leave, sovereignty, special favor, special permission, stepping-stone, the Four Freedoms, the run of, ticket, ticket of admission, time, time off, unconstrained, undue liberty, unfettered, uninhibited, unrestrained, unrestricted, vacation, vouchsafement, waiver, warrant, weekend
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

LIBERTY. Freedom from restraint. The power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature. 2. Liberty is divided into civil, natural, personal, and political. 3. Civil liberty is the power to do whatever is permitted by the constitution of the state and the laws of the land. It is no other than natural liberty, so far restrained by human laws, and no further, operating equally upon all the citizens, as is necessary and expedient for the general advantage of the public. 1 Black. Com. 125; Paley's Mor. Phil. B. 6, c.5; Swifts Syst. 12 4. That system of laws is alone calculated to maintain civil liberty, which leaves the citizen entirely master of his own conduct, except in those points in which the public good requires some direction and restraint. When a man is restrained in his natural liberty by no municipal laws but those which are requisite to prevent his violating the natural law, and to promote the greatest moral and physical welfare of the community, he is legally possessed of the fullest enjoyment of his civil rights of individual liberty. But it must not be inferred that individuals are to judge for themselves how far the law may justifiably restrict their individual liberty; for it is necessary to the welfare of the commonwealth, that the law should be obeyed; and thence is derived the legal maxim, that no man may be wiser than the law. 5. Natural liberty is the right which nature gives to all mankind, of disposing of their persons and property after the manner they judge most consonant to their happiness, on condition of their acting within the limits of the law of nature, and that they do not in any way abuse it to the prejudice of other men. Burlamaqui, c. 3, s. 15; 1 Bl. Com. 125. 6. Personal liberty is the independence of our actions of all other will than our own. Wolff, Ins. Nat. Sec. 77. It consists in the power of locomotion, of changing situation, or removing one's person to whatever place one's inclination may direct, without imprisonment or restraint, unless by due course of law. 1 Bl. Com. 134. 7. Political liberty may be defined to be, the security by which, from the constitution, form and nature of the established government, the citizens enjoy civil liberty. No ideas or definitions are more distinguishable than those of civil and political liberty, yet they are generally confounded. 1 Bl. Com. 6, 125. The political liberty of a state is based upon those fundamental laws which establish the distribution of legislative and executive powers. The political liberty of a citizen is that tranquillity of mind, which is the effect of an opinion that he is in perfect security; and to insure this security, the government must be such that one citizen shall not fear another. 8. In the English law, by liberty is meant a privilege held by grant or prescription, by which some men enjoy greater benefits than ordinary subjects. A liberty is also a territory, with some extraordinary privilege. 9. By liberty or liberties, is understood a part of a town or city, as the Northern Liberties of the city of Philadelphia. The same as Fanbourg. (q.v.)
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

LIBERTY, n. One of Imagination's most precious possessions. The rising People, hot and out of breath, Roared around the palace: "Liberty or death!" "If death will do," the King said, "let me reign; You'll have, I'm sure, no reason to complain." Martha Braymance
U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):

Liberty -- U.S. County in Georgia Population (2000): 61610 Housing Units (2000): 21977 Land area (2000): 519.051635 sq. miles (1344.337505 sq. km) Water area (2000): 83.465571 sq. miles (216.174828 sq. km) Total area (2000): 602.517206 sq. miles (1560.512333 sq. km) Located within: Georgia (GA), FIPS 13 Location: 31.809525 N, 81.538796 W Headwords: Liberty Liberty, GA Liberty County Liberty County, GA
U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):

Liberty -- U.S. County in Montana Population (2000): 2158 Housing Units (2000): 1070 Land area (2000): 1429.758528 sq. miles (3703.057430 sq. km) Water area (2000): 17.435804 sq. miles (45.158524 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1447.194332 sq. miles (3748.215954 sq. km) Located within: Montana (MT), FIPS 30 Location: 48.550900 N, 111.004866 W Headwords: Liberty Liberty, MT Liberty County Liberty County, MT
U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):

Liberty -- U.S. County in Texas Population (2000): 70154 Housing Units (2000): 26359 Land area (2000): 1159.678117 sq. miles (3003.552406 sq. km) Water area (2000): 16.544828 sq. miles (42.850906 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1176.222945 sq. miles (3046.403312 sq. km) Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48 Location: 30.162001 N, 94.846793 W Headwords: Liberty Liberty, TX Liberty County Liberty County, TX
U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):

Liberty -- U.S. County in Florida Population (2000): 7021 Housing Units (2000): 3156 Land area (2000): 835.865665 sq. miles (2164.882043 sq. km) Water area (2000): 7.294059 sq. miles (18.891526 sq. km) Total area (2000): 843.159724 sq. miles (2183.773569 sq. km) Located within: Florida (FL), FIPS 12 Location: 30.285745 N, 84.883242 W Headwords: Liberty Liberty, FL Liberty County Liberty County, FL
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Liberty, MO -- U.S. city in Missouri Population (2000): 26232 Housing Units (2000): 9973 Land area (2000): 26.952833 sq. miles (69.807515 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.057506 sq. miles (0.148939 sq. km) Total area (2000): 27.010339 sq. miles (69.956454 sq. km) FIPS code: 42032 Located within: Missouri (MO), FIPS 29 Location: 39.240852 N, 94.426502 W ZIP Codes (1990): Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Liberty, MO Liberty
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Liberty, NE -- U.S. village in Nebraska Population (2000): 86 Housing Units (2000): 39 Land area (2000): 0.247134 sq. miles (0.640074 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.247134 sq. miles (0.640074 sq. km) FIPS code: 26980 Located within: Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31 Location: 40.085028 N, 96.483336 W ZIP Codes (1990): 68381 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Liberty, NE Liberty
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Liberty, NY -- U.S. village in New York Population (2000): 3975 Housing Units (2000): 2071 Land area (2000): 2.394091 sq. miles (6.200666 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.394091 sq. miles (6.200666 sq. km) FIPS code: 42224 Located within: New York (NY), FIPS 36 Location: 41.797792 N, 74.742829 W ZIP Codes (1990): 12754 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Liberty, NY Liberty
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Liberty, NC -- U.S. town in North Carolina Population (2000): 2661 Housing Units (2000): 1094 Land area (2000): 2.606729 sq. miles (6.751397 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.011692 sq. miles (0.030281 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.618421 sq. miles (6.781678 sq. km) FIPS code: 38100 Located within: North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37 Location: 35.852906 N, 79.571886 W ZIP Codes (1990): 27298 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Liberty, NC Liberty
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Liberty, IL -- U.S. village in Illinois Population (2000): 519 Housing Units (2000): 231 Land area (2000): 0.374281 sq. miles (0.969383 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.374281 sq. miles (0.969383 sq. km) FIPS code: 43133 Located within: Illinois (IL), FIPS 17 Location: 39.879948 N, 91.108137 W ZIP Codes (1990): 62347 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Liberty, IL Liberty
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Liberty, OK -- U.S. town in Oklahoma Population (2000): 184 Housing Units (2000): 72 Land area (2000): 6.107294 sq. miles (15.817819 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 6.107294 sq. miles (15.817819 sq. km) FIPS code: 42860 Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40 Location: 35.857244 N, 95.969284 W ZIP Codes (1990): Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Liberty, OK Liberty
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Liberty, PA -- U.S. borough in Pennsylvania Population (2000): 2670 Housing Units (2000): 1162 Land area (2000): 1.438024 sq. miles (3.724465 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.060933 sq. miles (0.157816 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.498957 sq. miles (3.882281 sq. km) FIPS code: 43064 Located within: Pennsylvania (PA), FIPS 42 Location: 40.326302 N, 79.856101 W ZIP Codes (1990): 16930 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Liberty, PA Liberty
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Liberty, IN -- U.S. town in Indiana Population (2000): 2061 Housing Units (2000): 916 Land area (2000): 0.870865 sq. miles (2.255529 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.870865 sq. miles (2.255529 sq. km) FIPS code: 43434 Located within: Indiana (IN), FIPS 18 Location: 39.635907 N, 84.928968 W ZIP Codes (1990): 47353 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Liberty, IN Liberty
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Liberty, PA -- U.S. borough in Pennsylvania Population (2000): 230 Housing Units (2000): 95 Land area (2000): 0.515069 sq. miles (1.334022 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.515069 sq. miles (1.334022 sq. km) FIPS code: 43128 Located within: Pennsylvania (PA), FIPS 42 Location: 41.558446 N, 77.103839 W ZIP Codes (1990): 16930 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Liberty, PA Liberty
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Liberty, KS -- U.S. city in Kansas Population (2000): 95 Housing Units (2000): 62 Land area (2000): 0.257448 sq. miles (0.666787 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.257448 sq. miles (0.666787 sq. km) FIPS code: 40250 Located within: Kansas (KS), FIPS 20 Location: 37.156211 N, 95.598001 W ZIP Codes (1990): 67351 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Liberty, KS Liberty
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Liberty, SC -- U.S. town in South Carolina Population (2000): 3009 Housing Units (2000): 1404 Land area (2000): 4.267941 sq. miles (11.053915 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 4.267941 sq. miles (11.053915 sq. km) FIPS code: 41380 Located within: South Carolina (SC), FIPS 45 Location: 34.788390 N, 82.694865 W ZIP Codes (1990): 29657 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Liberty, SC Liberty
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Liberty, KY -- U.S. city in Kentucky Population (2000): 1850 Housing Units (2000): 979 Land area (2000): 1.745621 sq. miles (4.521138 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.745621 sq. miles (4.521138 sq. km) FIPS code: 46072 Located within: Kentucky (KY), FIPS 21 Location: 37.321195 N, 84.930513 W ZIP Codes (1990): 42539 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Liberty, KY Liberty
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Liberty, TN -- U.S. town in Tennessee Population (2000): 367 Housing Units (2000): 181 Land area (2000): 1.035302 sq. miles (2.681420 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.035302 sq. miles (2.681420 sq. km) FIPS code: 42040 Located within: Tennessee (TN), FIPS 47 Location: 36.004959 N, 85.972816 W ZIP Codes (1990): Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Liberty, TN Liberty
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Liberty, TX -- U.S. city in Texas Population (2000): 8033 Housing Units (2000): 3187 Land area (2000): 35.052161 sq. miles (90.784676 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.355322 sq. miles (0.920280 sq. km) Total area (2000): 35.407483 sq. miles (91.704956 sq. km) FIPS code: 42568 Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48 Location: 30.057546 N, 94.796662 W ZIP Codes (1990): Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Liberty, TX Liberty
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Liberty, MS -- U.S. town in Mississippi Population (2000): 633 Housing Units (2000): 309 Land area (2000): 2.058135 sq. miles (5.330546 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.009985 sq. miles (0.025861 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.068120 sq. miles (5.356407 sq. km) FIPS code: 40640 Located within: Mississippi (MS), FIPS 28 Location: 31.160812 N, 90.804002 W ZIP Codes (1990): 39645 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Liberty, MS Liberty