Translation of liberty in Spanish:

liberty

Pronunciation: /ˈlɪbərti; ˈlɪbəti/

noun/nombre (plural -ties)

  • 1 1.1 uncountable/no numerable (freedom) libertad (feminine) to deprive sb of (her/his) liberty privar a algn de su libertad to be at liberty estar* libre or en libertad to set sb at liberty poner* or dejar a algn en libertad, liberar a algn to be at liberty to + infinitive/infinitivo [formal] I'm not at liberty to tell you no se lo puedo decir you're not at liberty to alter the text no tienes autorización para cambiar el texto
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    • May I remind you that if you drive while disqualified over the next two years, you could lose your liberty.
    • Mrs Camidge said: ‘For the last two months he has been living in fear of losing his liberty through his foolishness.’
    • Criminals are being warned that they could lose their liberty and their lavish lifestyle thanks to the dedicated efforts of a North Yorkshire Police team.
    1.2 countable/numerable (right) libertad (feminine)
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    • He says currently human rights and fundamental liberties are not enshrined clearly and completely anywhere in Australian legislation.
    • We believed that our rights, privileges and liberties did not derive from the king or government, but rather were a gift from god.
    • The Great Charter confirmed previous royal charters and incorporates previous liberties, privileges and exemptions, which the city had formerly enjoyed.
  • 2 countable/numerable (presumptuous action) (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) what a liberty! ¡qué descaro or atrevimiento! to take the liberty of -ing tomarse la libertad de + infinitive/infinitivo, permitirse + infinitive/infinitivo [formal] to take liberties with sb tomarse libertades or confianzas con algn she wasn't the sort of girl to let anyone take liberties with her no era el tipo de chica con quien uno se puede propasar you're taking a liberty using his first name te estás tomando demasiadas confianzas al llamarlo por su nombre
  • 3 countable/numerable (leave) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [Nautical/Náutica] licencia (feminine), permiso (masculine)
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    • Second, when their workload permits, Sailors get special liberty the day before their final exams to study, similar to what many commands do for advancement exams.
    • Sailors on the ship, ashore on liberty or in the local community would raise their level of awareness and be on the lookout for anything unusual.
    • A Sailor, on liberty in a foreign port, was returning to his ship when a knife-wielding assassin attacked him.

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.