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free·dom

 (frē′dəm)
n.
1.
a. The condition of not being in prison or captivity: gave the prisoners their freedom.
b. The condition of being free of restraints, especially the ability to act without control or interference by another or by circumstance: In retirement they finally got the freedom to travel.
2.
a. The condition of not being controlled by another nation or political power; political independence.
b. The condition of not being subject to a despotic or oppressive power; civil liberty.
c. The condition of not being constrained or restricted in a specific aspect of life by a government or other power: freedom of assembly.
d. The condition of not being a slave.
3.
a. The condition of not being affected or restricted by a given circumstance or condition: freedom from want.
b. The condition of not being bound by established conventions or rules: The new style of painting gave artists new freedoms.
4. The capacity to act by choice rather than by determination, as from fate or a deity; free will: We have the freedom to do as we please all afternoon.
5. The right to unrestricted use; full access: was given the freedom of their research facilities.
6. Ease or facility of movement: loose sports clothing, giving the wearer freedom.
7. Archaic Boldness in behavior; lack of modesty or reserve.

[Middle English fredom, from Old English frēodōm : frēo, free; see free + -dōm, -dom.]

freedom

(ˈfriːdəm)
n
1. personal liberty, as from slavery, bondage, serfdom, etc
2. liberation or deliverance, as from confinement or bondage
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the quality or state of being free, esp to enjoy political and civil liberties
4. (usually foll by from) the state of being without something unpleasant or bad; exemption or immunity: freedom from taxation.
5. the right or privilege of unrestricted use or access: the freedom of a city.
6. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) autonomy, self-government, or independence
7. the power or liberty to order one's own actions
8. (Philosophy) philosophy the quality, esp of the will or the individual, of not being totally constrained; able to choose between alternative actions in identical circumstances
9. ease or frankness of manner; candour: she talked with complete freedom.
10. excessive familiarity of manner; boldness
11. ease and grace, as of movement; lack of effort
[Old English frēodōm]

free•dom

(ˈfri dəm)

n.
1. the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint.
2. exemption from external control.
3. the power to determine action without restraint.
4. political or national independence.
5. personal liberty: slaves who bought their freedom.
6. exemption; immunity: freedom from fear.
7. the absence of or release from ties or obligations.
8. ease or facility of movement or action.
9. frankness of manner or speech.
10. a liberty taken.
11. civil liberty, as opposed to subjection to an arbitrary or despotic government.
12. the right to enjoy all the privileges or special rights of membership in a community.
13. the right to frequent, enjoy, or use at will.
[before 900; Middle English freodom; Old English frēodōm]

Freedom


independent self-rule free from outside influence.
a doctrine of or belief in social equality or the right of all people to participate equally in politics.
Rare. a strong desire for freedom.
an abnormal fear of freedom.
1. a condition of freedom.
2. a right or privilege, especially the right to vote.
1. the advocacy of freedom, especially in thought or conduct.
2. Theology. the advocacy of the doctrine of free will. See also necessitarianism. — libertarian, n., adj.
1. the destruction of freedom.
2. the destroyer of freedom. — liberticidal, adj.
the act of setting free or being set free from slavery; emancipation.

Freedom

 
  1. Abstract liberty, like other mere abstractions, is not to be found —Edmund Burke
  2. (They just) broke free like the water —Boris Pasternak
  3. Broke free like the sun rising out of the sea —Miller Williams
  4. Feels freedom like oxygen everywhere around him —John Updike
  5. Felt like a volatile gas released from a bottle —Olivia Manning

    See Also: PHYSICAL FEELINGS

  6. Foot-loose as a ram —Irvin S. Cobb
  7. (I am) free as a breeze, free like a bird in the woodland wild, free like a gypsy, free like a child —Oscar Hammerstein, II, from lyric for Oklahoma

    Hammerstein used the multiple simile to paint a picture of an unattached man bemoaning the speed with which his situation can change.

  8. Free as a fat bird —John D. MacDonald
  9. Free as air —Alexander Pope

    The simile in full context is as follows: “Love, free as air at sight of human ties, spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies.”

  10. Free as a pig in a pen —Anon, from American song, “The Lane County Bachelor”
  11. Free, as happens in the downfall of habit when the mind, like an unguarded flame, bows and bends and seems about to blow from its holding —Virginia Woolf
  12. Free as is the wind —William Shakespeare

    A popular variation attributed to James Montgomery is, “Free as the breeze.”

  13. Free as Nature first made man —John Dryden
  14. Free as Nature is —James Thompson
  15. Free as the grace of God and twice as plentiful —Anon
  16. Freed, like colored kites torn loose from their strings —Rainer Maria Rilke
  17. Freedom and responsibility are like Siamese twins, they die if they are parted —Lillian Smith

    See Also: RELIABILITY

  18. Freedom is like drink. If you take any at all, you might as well take enough to make you happy for a while —Finley Peter Dunne

    Several words have been changed from Dunne’s dialect: any was ‘nny,’ ‘for’ was ‘f’r.’

  19. Free speech is like garlic. If you are perfectly sure of yourself, you enjoy it and your friends tolerate it —Lynn White, Jr., Look, April 17, 1956
  20. Free will and determinism are like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism. The way you play your hand represents free will —Norman Cousins
  21. Independence, like honor, is a rocky island without a beach —Napoleon Bonaparte
  22. Independent as a hog on ice —American colloquialism, attributed to New England
  23. Independent as a wild horse —Anon

    According to Irving Stone, author of The Passionate Journey, this simile was used to describe the father of his fictional biography’s hero, John Noble.

  24. A laissez-faire policy is like spoiling a child by saying he’ll turn out all right in the end. He will, if he’s made to —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  25. Liberty, like charity, must begin at home —James Conant

    Yet another twist on that much adopted and adapted charity comparison.

    See Also: BELIEFS, CHANGE, CRITICISM, PEACE, SENSE

  26. Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce, as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship —Patrick Henry
  27. There is no such thing as an achieved liberty; like electricity, there can be no substantial storage and it must be generated as it is enjoyed, or the lights go out —Robert H. Jackson
  28. Unrestricted like the rain —Mark Twain

Freedom

 

carte blanche Full discretionary power, unrestricted freedom, blanket permission; a blank check; literally, white paper or chart. In its original military usage, the term referred to the blank form used to indicate unconditional surrender, on which the victor could dictate his own terms. The phrase is now used only figuratively, and has been so used for some time:

Mr. Pitt, who had carte blanche given him, named every one of them. (Lord Chesterfield, Letters, 1766)

The figuratively synonymous blank check refers literally to an executed check on which the amount is left unspecified to be filled in by its bearer or receiver.

the coast is clear Nothing stands in the way of one’s progress or activity; there is little danger that anyone in authority will witness or interfere with one’s actions; “Go ahead, nobody’s looking.” This expression was originally used by smugglers to indicate that no coast guard was in the vicinity to prevent their landing or embarking. Its use is still largely limited to contexts implying wrongdoing, though such may range from mischievous misbehavior to criminal activity.

give a wide berth to To allow latitude, leeway, or freedom; to shun, to stay clear of; to remain a discreet distance from. Dating from the 17th century, berth is a nautical term which refers to a sufficient amount of space for a ship at anchor to swing freely, or enough distance for a ship under sail to avoid other ships, rocks, the shore, etc. Give or keep a wide berth gained currency in the 1800s and has since been used in nautical and nonnautical contexts.

I recommend you to keep a wide berth of me, sir. (William Makepeace Thackeray, The Newcomes, 1854)

give enough rope To give someone a considerable amount of freedom with the expectation that he will act in an embarrassing or self-destructive way; to grant just enough leeway that a person may set and fall into his own trap. This expression has been in use since the 17th century and is equally familiar in the longer version—give [someone] enough rope and [he’ll] hang himself. A rope is often used as a leash or rein to control freedom of movement. Perhaps this expression derives from the fact that it is easy to trip or become entangled by too much rope. The second half of the expression plays on the idea of a rope as a cord for hanging a person.

Give our Commentator but Rope, and he hangs himself. (Elkanah Settle, Reflections on Several of Mr. Dry den’s Plays, 1687)

no strings attached No stipulations or restrictions; no fine print. This common expression, perhaps an allusion to puppets that are controlled by strings, implies the lack of catches or hidden conditions in an undertaking or purchase. The phrase may be varied to assume its opposite sense.

The corporation … made its offer to California—an offer good for six months only, and having several untenable strings attached. (Sierra Club Bulletin, January, 1949)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.freedom - the condition of being freefreedom - the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
academic freedom - the freedom of teachers and students to express their ideas in school without religious or political or institutional restrictions
enfranchisement - freedom from political subjugation or servitude
blank check, free hand - freedom to do as you see fit; "many have doubts about giving him a free hand to attack"
free rein, play - the removal of constraints; "he gave free rein to his impulses"; "they gave full play to the artist's talent"
freedom of the seas - the right of merchant ships to travel freely in international waters
independence, independency - freedom from control or influence of another or others
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"
civil liberty, political liberty - one's freedom to exercise one's rights as guaranteed under the laws of the country
liberty - personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression
svoboda - (Russia) freedom
2.freedom - immunity from an obligation or duty
immunity, unsusceptibility - the state of not being susceptible; "unsusceptibility to rust"
amnesty - a period during which offenders are exempt from punishment
diplomatic immunity - exemption from taxation or normal processes of law that is offered to diplomatic personnel in a foreign country
indemnity - legal exemption from liability for damages
impunity - exemption from punishment or loss
grandfather clause - an exemption based on circumstances existing prior to the adoption of some policy; used to enfranchise illiterate whites in south after the American Civil War

freedom

noun
2. right, privilege, entitlement, prerogative freedom of speech
3. liberty, release, discharge, emancipation, deliverance, manumission All hostages and detainees would gain their freedom.
liberty slavery, imprisonment, dependence, captivity, bondage, servitude, thraldom
4. exemption, release, relief, privilege, immunity, impunity freedom from government control
6. openness, ease, directness, naturalness, abandon, familiarity, candour, frankness, informality, casualness, ingenuousness, lack of restraint or reserve, unconstraint His freedom of manner ran contrary to the norm.
openness caution, restraint
Related words
like eleutheromania
Quotations
"Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently" [Rosa Luxemburg Die Russische Revolution]
"We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression ... The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way ... The third is freedom from want ... The fourth is freedom from fear" [Franklin D. Roosevelt annual message to Congress]
"Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains" [Jean Jacques Rousseau The Social Contract]
"No human being, however great or powerful, was ever so free as a fish" [John Ruskin The Two Paths]
"Man is a free agent; were it otherwise, the priests would not damn him" [Voltaire Philosophical Dictionary]
"Perfect freedom is reserved for the man who lives by his own work and in that work does what he wants to do" [R.G. Collingwood Speculum Mentis]
"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows" [George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four]

freedom

noun
1. Departure from normal rules or procedures:
2. The state of not being in confinement or servitude:
3. The condition of being politically free:
4. Ease of or space for movement:
Translations
حُرِيَّةحُريَّه
svoboda
frihed
vapaus
sloboda
függetlenségszabadság
frelsi, frjálsræîi
自由じゆう
자유
frihetfridom
libertate
svoboda
frihet
ความเป็นอิสระ
ازادی
tự do

freedom

[ˈfriːdəm]
A. N
1. (gen) → libertad f
freedom of actionlibertad f de acción
freedom of associationlibertad f de asociación
freedom of choicelibertad f de elección
freedom of informationlibertad f de información
Freedom of Information Act (US) → ley f del derecho a la información
freedom of the presslibertad f de prensa
freedom of speechlibertad f de expresión
freedom of worshiplibertad f de culto
to give sb the freedom of a cityhacer a algn ciudadano honorífico or hijo predilecto de la ciudad
2. (from care, responsibility etc) they want freedom from government controlno quieren estar sometidos al control del gobierno, quieren estar libres del control del gobierno
she found her sudden freedom from responsibility exhilaratingviéndose de repente liberada de sus responsabilidades, se sentía eufórica
3. (= liberation) → liberación f
B. CPD freedom fighter Nguerrillero/a m/f
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
El Freedom of Information Act o FOIA es la ley estadounidense del derecho a la información, que obliga a los organismos federales a proporcionar información sobre sus actividades a cualquiera que lo solicite, lo que resulta muy útil, sobre todo a los periodistas. Esta información debe ser facilitada por el Estado en un plazo de diez días laborables y, en caso de que no se acceda a la solicitud, esta decisión tiene que ser debidamente justificada. Los motivos para retener la información pueden ser varios, entre ellos el que se ponga en peligro la seguridad nacional, se revelen secretos comerciales o que la información afecte a la vida privada de los ciudadanos. Entre otras noticias, el FOIA ha hecho posible la publicación de información anteriormente catalogada como secreta sobre asuntos de extrema importancia, como la guerra de Vietnam y las actividades de espionaje ilegal del FBI.

freedom

[ˈfriːdəm] n (social, political)liberté f
freedom of speech → liberté de parole
freedom of choice → liberté de choix
freedom of movement → liberté f de mouvementfreedom fighter nguérillero mfreedom of expression nliberté f d'expressionFreedom of Information Act nloi f sur la liberté d'informationfree enterprise nlibre entreprise ffree fall n
(= jump) → chute f libre
(fig) to go into free fall (= plummet) [price, value] → être en chute librefreefall parachuting nchute f librefree-floating [ˌfriːfləʊtɪŋ] adj
(= untrammelled) [person] → sans attaches
[exchange rate] → flottant(e)free-for-all [ˈfriːfərɔːl] nmêlée f généralefree gift ncadeau m promotionnel

freedom

n
Freiheit f; freedom of action/speech/worshipHandlungs-/Rede-/Religionsfreiheit f; freedom of associationVereinsfreiheit f; freedom of the pressPressefreiheit f; freedom of the seasFreiheit fder Meere; to give somebody (the) freedom to do somethingjdm (die) Freiheit lassen, etw zu tun; freedom from somethingFreiheit fvon etw
(= frankness)Offenheit f; (= overfamiliarity)plumpe (inf)or zu große Vertraulichkeit
(= permission to use freely) the freedom of the citydie (Ehren)bürgerrechte pl; to give somebody the freedom of one’s housejdm sein Haus zur freien Verfügung stellen

freedom

[ˈfriːdəm] n freedom (from)libertà (da)
to give sb the freedom of one's house → mettere la propria casa a disposizione di qn
the freedom of the press → la libertà di stampa
to give sb the freedom of the city → dare a qn la cittadinanza onoraria
freedom of speech → libertà di parola
freedom of movement → libertà di movimento

free

(friː) adjective
1. allowed to move where one wants; not shut in, tied, fastened etc. The prison door opened, and he was a free man.
2. not forced or persuaded to act, think, speak etc in a particular way. free speech; You are free to think what you like.
3. (with with) generous. He is always free with his money/advice.
4. frank, open and ready to speak. a free manner.
5. costing nothing. a free gift.
6. not working or having another appointment; not busy. I shall be free at five o'clock.
7. not occupied, not in use. Is this table free?
8. (with of or from) without or no longer having (especially something or someone unpleasant etc). She is free from pain now; free of charge.
verbpast tense, past participle freed
1. to make or set (someone) free. He freed all the prisoners.
2. (with from or of) to rid or relieve (someone) of something. She was able to free herself from her debts by working at an additional job.
ˈfreedom noun
the state of not being under control and being able to do whatever one wishes. The prisoner was given his freedom.
ˈfreely adverb
1. in a free manner. to give freely to charity; to speak freely.
2. willingly; readily. I freely admit it was my fault.
Freefone® noun
(also freephone ; American toll-free number) a telephone number of a business or an organization that can be used free of charge by their customers etc; the system giving this service.
ˌfree-for-ˈall noun
a contest, debate etc in which anyone can take part.
ˈfreehand adjective, adverb
(of a drawing etc) (done) without any instruments (eg a ruler) to guide the hand.
ˈfreehold adjective
(of land, property etc) belonging completely to the owner, not just for a certain time.
ˈfreelance noun, adjective
(of or done by) a person who is working on his own, not for any one employer. a freelance journalist; freelance work.
verb
to work in this way. He is freelancing now.
Freepost noun
a system in Britain in which a business or an organization pays the cost of the post sent to it.
free ˈskating noun
a free style in ice-skating competitions.
free speech
the right to express an opinion freely. I believe in free speech.
free trade
trade with foreign countries without customs duties, taxes etc.
ˈfreeway noun
a motorway.
ˌfreeˈwheel verb
to travel (downhill) on a bicycle, in a car etc without using mechanical power.
free will
the ability to choose and act freely. He did it of his own free will.
a free hand
freedom to do whatever one likes. He gave her a free hand with the servants.
set free
to make (someone) free. The soldiers set the terrorists' prisoners free.

freedom

حُرِيَّة svoboda frihed Freiheit ελευθερία libertad vapaus liberté sloboda libertà 自由 자유 vrijheid frihet wolność liberdade свобода frihet ความเป็นอิสระ özgürlük tự do 自由

freedom

n. libertad, independencia;
v.
to have ___ totener ___ para.
References in classic literature ?
Laurie went on the box so Meg could keep her foot up, and the girls talked over their party in freedom.
For years she had dreamed of the time when she could go forth into the world, and she looked upon the move into the Hardy household as a great step in the direction of freedom.
Nevertheless, that legend has stuck in my mind, and sunflower-bordered roads always seem to me the roads to freedom.
Their freedom of expression was at first incomprehensible to her, though she had no difficulty in reconciling it with a lofty chastity which in the Creole woman seems to be inborn and unmistakable.
You may see, Magua," he said, endeavoring to assume an air of freedom and confidence, "that the night is closing around us, and yet we are no nearer to William Henry than when we left the encampment of Webb with the rising sun.
The occupation did not offer much freedom for easy gallantry, but no sign of discomfiture or uneasiness was visible in the grateful faces of the young men.
Had he been an old woman, she might probably have repelled the freedom, which she now took in good part.
Often, likewise, one was the guest of the other in his place of study and retirement There was a fascination for the minister in the company of the man of science, in whom he recognised an intellectual cultivation of no moderate depth or scope; together with a range and freedom of ideas, that he would have vainly looked for among the members of his own profession.
It was the first time, in a manner, that I had known space and air and freedom, all the music of summer and all the mystery of nature.
Nor would they permit Gabriel to be any way maltreated, say or do what he would; so that it came to pass that Gabriel had the complete freedom of the ship.
It was a great treat to us to be turned out into the home paddock or the old orchard; the grass was so cool and soft to our feet, the air so sweet, and the freedom to do as we liked was so pleasant -- to gallop, to lie down, and roll over on our backs, or to nibble the sweet grass.
What is freedom to a nation, but freedom to the individuals in it?