liberty: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (lib'ur-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control.
  2. freedom from external or foreign rule; independence.
  3. freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.
  4. freedom from captivity, confinement, or physical restraint: The prisoner soon regained his liberty.
  5. permission granted to a sailor, esp. in the navy, to go ashore.
  6. freedom or right to frequent or use a place: The visitors were given the liberty of the city.
  7. unwarranted or impertinent freedom in action or speech, or a form or instance of it: to take liberties.
  8. a female figure personifying freedom from despotism.
  9. You are at liberty to leave at any time during the meeting.
    1. free from captivity or restraint.
    2. unemployed; out of work.
    3. free to do or be as specified:You are at liberty to leave at any time during the meeting.


Pronunciation: (lib'ur-tē), [key]
— n.
  1. a town in W Missouri. 16,251.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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