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civil liberty

n
(Law) the right of an individual to certain freedoms of speech and action

civ′il lib′erty


n.
1. Often, civil liberties. a fundamental right, as freedom of speech, guaranteed to an individual by the laws of a country (as the Bill of Rights in the U.S.).
2. the liberty of an individual to exercise such a right without unwarranted government interference.
[1635–45]
civ′il libertar′ian, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.civil liberty - one's freedom to exercise one's rights as guaranteed under the laws of the countrycivil liberty - one's freedom to exercise one's rights as guaranteed under the laws of the country
freedom - the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints
2.civil liberty - fundamental individual right protected by law and expressed as immunity from unwarranted governmental interference
civil right - right or rights belonging to a person by reason of citizenship including especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th amendments and subsequent acts of Congress including the right to legal and social and economic equality
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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A growing number of journalists and civil libertarians argue that the legal protections first created by Sullivan are too weak.
SINCE 9/11, some civil libertarians have denounced every antiterrorism policy that singles out Arab men as a repetition of the terrible mistake the government made after Pearl Harbor, when it evicted tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry from their West Coast homes and banished them to barren camps in the interior.
On November 3, 1993, civil libertarians across Washington state awoke to very bad news.
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It's a useful reference book-- one that demolishes the religious right's claim that church,state separation is a recent invention by civil libertarians.
As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny 'failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions.'"
But civil libertarians worry about the bubble laws' First Amendment implications; like it or not, anti-abortionists have free speech rights, too.
But encryption was just one of many issues in Kerry's Senate career where he and civil libertarians were on opposite sides.
Central to this tradition was the view that "that government governs best that governs least' " We can see the descendants of classical liberalism today in two disparate groups: free-traders and private-property-rightist like George Bush and Dan Quayle, columnist George Will, and Ron Arnold of the Wise Use Movement on the one hand; and civil libertarians, pro-pornography advocates, and sexual liberals like Madonna, Camille Paglia, Hugh Hefner, Bob Gucccione, and the American Civil Liberties Union on the other.
Civil libertarians are decidedly a minority, yet their concerns were reflected in a way that suggests Congress is a less plebiscitary body than is usually supposed.
Civil libertarians argue that queers have proven equal to all challenges in barracks and in battles and should have the right to serve.