Definition of freedom in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrēdəm/


1The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint: we do have some freedom of choice he talks of revoking some of the freedoms
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  • As usual, those in the pay of the pesticide industry presume to speak on behalf of freedom of choice and a balanced approach.
  • Violence or intimidation against the media could hamper press freedom and eventually deprive the public of its right to information.
  • In recent years, examples of media abuses of press freedom have been common.
1.1Absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government: he was a champion of Irish freedom
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  • Quite a powerful speech, especially the last part on foreign policy and freedom.
  • Lawlessness is arriving as a domestic and foreign assault on legal ideas that endorse freedom and human rights.
  • The struggle cannot be separated from the struggle for freedom of despotism of all kinds.
1.2The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved: the shark thrashed its way to freedom
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  • That busy line must be a cruel and tantalising reminder of lost freedom for the inmates of the upstate New York penitentiary.
  • As with Mexican legal support for slavery, actual military policy did not consistently grant freedom to the enslaved.
  • Black sailors helped runaways stow-away to freedom, risking imprisonment to challenge slavery.
liberty, liberation, release, deliverance, delivery, discharge
literary disenthrallment
historical manumission
1.3The state of being physically unrestricted and able to move easily: the shorts have a side split for freedom of movement
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  • The goal for her is to be able to gain enough freedom of movement so that she can throw her feet up to the left and away from the attacker's body.
  • Free-range hens, for instance, have greater freedom to move about, but are more susceptible to feather pecking and disease.
  • While clever enough in theory, the chairs in reality clutter the stage and restrict the cast's sorely needed freedom to move.
1.4 (freedom from) The state of not being subject to or affected by (a particular undesirable thing): government policies to achieve freedom from want
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  • India won its freedom from colonial rule, ending nearly 200 years of British rule.
  • A question of an individual's freedom from unlawful detention is always serious.
  • Celebrate your freedom from the technological yokes of modern life.
exemption, immunity, dispensation;
1.5The power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.
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  • Conferences of philosophers on determinism and freedom aren't the same as they used to be.
  • For Sartre the necessity of freedom is paramount in his thinking.
  • Kant's attempt to reconcile determinism and freedom involves placing us in two different realms.
right, entitlement, privilege, prerogative;
scope, latitude, leeway, flexibility, space, breathing space, room, elbow room;
license, leave, free rein, a free hand, carte blanche, a blank check
1.6Unrestricted use of something: the dog is happy having the freedom of the house when we are out
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  • Their 100 guests will have freedom of the house and garden for the rest of the day.
  • Because the entire school is rarely more than 60, it is common for children to have the freedom of the whole building and be in touch with all the staff.
  • We kept chickens which had the freedom of the garden - free range par excellence!
1.7 archaic Familiarity or openness in speech or behavior.
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  • They think that they can make themselves as agreeable to the men as their successful rivals, by adopting the same style and allowing the same freedom of conversation.
  • I talked a great deal to him with the freedom I have long used to him on this and on other subjects.
  • We were surprised to find an openness and freedom between us we hadn't experienced before.


Old English frēodōm (see free, -dom).

Words that rhyme with freedom

Edom, Needham

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Syllabification: free·dom

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