Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to civil liberty: civil libertarian
(Law) the right of an individual to certain freedoms of speech and action
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.
civ′il libertar′ian, n.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||civil 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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.