1the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views:compulsory retirement would interfere with individual liberty
(usually liberties) an instance of this; a right or privilege, especially a statutory one:the Bill of Rights was intended to secure basic civil liberties
the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved:people who have lost property or liberty without due process
(Liberty) the personification of liberty as a female figure.
2the power or scope to act as one pleases:individuals should enjoy the liberty to pursue their own interests and preferences
Philosophy a person’s freedom from control by fate or necessity.
informal a presumptuous remark or action:how did he know what she was thinking?—it was a liberty!
Nautical shore leave granted to a sailor.
1not imprisoned:he was at liberty for three months before he was recaptured
2allowed or entitled to do something:competent adults are generally at liberty to refuse medical treatment
1behave in an unduly familiar manner toward a person:you’ve taken too many liberties with me
2treat something freely, without strict faithfulness to the facts or to an original:the scriptwriter has taken few liberties with the original narrative
take the liberty
venture to do something without first asking permission:I have taken the liberty of submitting an idea to several of their research departments
late Middle English: from Old French liberte, from Latin libertas, from liber 'free'