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Meaning of academic freedom

ac'adem'ic free'dom

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  1. freedom of a teacher to discuss or investigate any controversial social, economic, or political problems without interference or penalty from officials, organized groups, etc.
  2. freedom of a student to explore any field or hold any belief without interference from the teacher.
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