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.
- The condition of being free from restriction or control.
- The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one's own choosing.
- The condition of being physically and legally free from confinement, servitude, or forced labor. See Synonyms at freedom.
- Freedom from unjust or undue governmental control.
- A right or immunity to engage in certain actions without control or interference: the liberties protected by the Bill of Rights.
- A breach or overstepping of propriety or social convention. Often used in the plural.
- A statement, attitude, or action not warranted by conditions or actualities: a historical novel that takes liberties with chronology.
- An unwarranted risk; a chance: took foolish liberties on the ski slopes.
- A period, usually short, during which a sailor is authorized to go ashore.
- at liberty Not in confinement or under constraint; free.
- at liberty Not employed, occupied, or in use.