Definition of civil liberty in English:

civil liberty

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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The state of being subject only to laws established for the good of the community, especially with regard to freedom of action and speech: under Conservative rule civil liberty became seriously eroded [as modifier]: civil liberty groups
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    • The existing law about involuntary commitment is the result of a long dialectic between an attitude of paternalism toward the mentally ill and ideals of personal freedom and civil liberty.
    • Sound money systems are essential to civil liberty, real freedom, and private property rights, including real estate.
    • This is excellent news and a triumph for civil liberty and freedom of choice.
  • 1.1 (civil liberties) A person’s rights to be subject only to laws established for the good of the community: growing threats to our civil liberties
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    • The title of this book refers to both civil liberties and human rights.
    • It ended Gandhi's emergency legislation, and restored civil liberties and free speech.
    • The power of judicial review has allowed the Supreme Court to protect civil liberties within America.

Derivatives

civil libertarian

noun
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  • The legislation has achieved far more than its civil libertarian critics initially expected, if far less than they would wish.
  • And in my opinion, defense attorneys here and civil libertarians are more interested in their client's safety than our country's safety.
  • Conservative libertarians share concerns about government infringement on individual civil liberties with progressive civil libertarians.

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