freedom of thought


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Noun1.freedom of thought - the right to hold unpopular ideas
human right - (law) any basic right or freedom to which all human beings are entitled and in whose exercise a government may not interfere (including rights to life and liberty as well as freedom of thought and expression and equality before the law)
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You know, there are two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action.
For to him that opens himself, men will hardly show themselves adverse; but will fair let him go on, and turn their freedom of speech, to freedom of thought. And therefore it is a good shrewd proverb of the Spaniard, Tell a lie and find a troth.
Levin was silent, looking at the unknown faces of Oblonsky's two companions, and especially at the hand of the elegant Grinevitch, which had such long white fingers, such long yellow filbert-shaped nails, and such huge shining studs on the shirt-cuff, that apparently they absorbed all his attention, and allowed him no freedom of thought. Oblonsky noticed this at once, and smiled.
Civilization meant to Tarzan of the Apes a curtailment of freedom in all its aspects--freedom of action, freedom of thought, freedom of love, freedom of hate.
Sometimes, ascending hills, when the winded horse breathed hard from his red nostrils, and heaved his flanks, the captain, left to more freedom of thought, reflected on the prodigious genius of Aramis, a genius of acumen and intrigue, a match to which the Fronde and the civil war had produced but twice.
He thought of nothing and was incapable of thinking; but he felt suddenly in his whole being that he had no more freedom of thought, no will, and that everything was suddenly and irrevocably decided.
If it were thus,--as there comes in all human society a moment when the sacred symbol is worn out and becomes obliterated under freedom of thought, when man escapes from the priest, when the excrescence of philosophies and systems devour the face of religion,--architecture could not reproduce this new state of human thought; its leaves, so crowded on the face, would be empty on the back; its work would be mutilated; its book would he incomplete.
"One of the characteristics of democratic societies is the full enjoyment of fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of thought, conscience and expression as well as equal participation pf men and women in public life.
Dr Mackereth claims the DWP has breached the Equality Act and his right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
Commission of Inquiry in 2014 concluded there was an "almost complete denial" by the North Korean government of the rights to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, and that in many instances, the government's violations of human rights constituted crimes against humanity.
The writer has aptly pointed out the colonial legacy will only end when there is universal and quality education in our country a system that allows the people freedom of thought and expression.
Sotoudeh is the winner of the EP's human rights award , called the Sakahrov Prize for freedom of thought. In a resolution adopted by 552 votes in favour, 6 against the EP praises Sotoudeh for her courage and commitment, and urge Iran's judiciary system to respect due process and fair trials and disclose information on the charges against her.