Definition of at liberty in English:

at liberty

  • 1Not imprisoned: he was at liberty for three months before he was recaptured
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    • At present there are a number of persons accused of murder at liberty on bail and in some cases it is many months after the alleged murder that the case comes to trial.
    • The defendant remained at liberty under his original bond of $35,000.
    • She submits that the purpose, or at least a purpose, of imprisonment is to punish the criminal by depriving him of certain rights and pleasures which he can only enjoy when at liberty.
  • 2Allowed or entitled to do something: competent adults are generally at liberty to refuse medical treatment
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    • Desdemona said a friend was storing valuables there, and she wasn't at liberty to allow them in.
    • We are being put at risk, because patients are free to roam and at liberty to abscond.
    • In fact, a principal authority is at liberty to withdraw the functions assigned to an agent.
    free, permitted, allowed, authorized, able, entitled, eligible
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