noun (plural liberties)
- In Condorcet's view modern society and individual liberty could be served only by public instruction understood in this sense.
- Technology has the capability to impose graduated restrictions on liberty, but this is an issue the Government is specifically avoiding confronting.
- In addition to providing society with political liberty and justice, a single tax on land promotes economic efficiency.
- 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.
- 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.
- Freedom is a condition of the mind: this means that you have the internal power to exercise your liberty.
- Are there regions of the globe where the inhabitants have been condemned by their environment never to enjoy liberty, never to exercise their reason?
- It means that you cannot deny that a human being has the rightful liberty to pursue - to practice or to seek - happiness as he sees fit.
- He said in part that Hobbes's freedom or liberty, which amounts to not being frustrated, is no great thing.
- There would also be a loss of liberty or freedom for the morally wicked, since they would be punished or otherwise made to suffer.
- It would, I think, be generally agreed that he has laid down a necessary condition of liberty.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- I got on well with my teammates, but I think that would have been taking liberties towards the club.
- Over time, the children of family members may take liberties that when left unchecked, become real problems.
- Still, the advertisements are part of a growing strain of Web marketing that takes liberties with requested Web pages, browsers and e-mail in-boxes, making it harder for people to ignore ads.
- Doing so is disingenuous, and takes liberties with the facts and the policy of this matter.
- This is one of the problems of an adaptation, where the writer must decide between a faithful, textually based adaptation and one that takes liberties in order to make it a better film.
- For Parker, the traditionalists who accuse him of taking liberties are one of the targets.
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 departmentsMore example sentences
- I took the liberty of fiddling with the scansion in Lines 3 and 7.
- My head feels as if it is stuffed with cotton wool, my tongue is made from plywood and someone took the liberty of welding a high pitched electronic buzzer to the inside of my middle ear.
- I took the liberty of participating in the coed and competitive basketball leagues and found, to my surprise, that there are a lot of good players.
The root of liberty is Latin liber ‘free’, the source also of liberal (Middle English) , libertine (Late Middle English), and livery (Middle English), and deliver. During the French Revolution the rallying cry was ‘liberty, equality, fraternity’. Supporters of change wore the cap of liberty, a red conical cap of a type that had originally been given to Roman slaves when they were freed.
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