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Freedom      /'frid?m/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[free-duhm] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation

–noun

1.

the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint: He won his freedom after a retrial.

2.

exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.

3.

the power to determine action without restraint.

4.

political or national independence.

5.

personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery: a slave who bought his freedom.

6.

exemption from the presence of anything specified (usually fol. by from): freedom from fear.

7.

the absence of or release from ties, obligations, etc.

8.

ease or facility of movement or action: to enjoy the freedom of living in the country.

9.

frankness of manner or speech.

10.

general exemption or immunity: freedom from taxation.

11.

the absence of ceremony or reserve.

12.

a liberty taken.

13.

a particular immunity or privilege enjoyed, as by a city or corporation: freedom to levy taxes.

14.

civil liberty, as opposed to subjection to an arbitrary or despotic government.

15.

the right to enjoy all the privileges or special rights of citizenship, membership, etc., in a community or the like.

16.

the right to frequent, enjoy, or use at will: to have the freedom of a friend's library.

17.

Philosophy. the power to exercise choice and make decisions without constraint from within or without; autonomy; self-determination. Compare necessity (def. 7).

 

 

 

 


Lib·er·ty      /'l?b?rti/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[lib-er-tee] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation

–noun, plural -ties.

1.

freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control.

2.

freedom from external or foreign rule; independence.

3.

freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.

4.

freedom from captivity, confinement, or physical restraint: The prisoner soon regained his liberty.

5.

permission granted to a sailor, esp. in the navy, to go ashore.

6.

freedom or right to frequent or use a place: The visitors were given the liberty of the city.

7.

unwarranted or impertinent freedom in action or speech, or a form or instance of it: to take liberties.

8.

a female figure personifying freedom from despotism.

9.

at liberty,

a.

free from captivity or restraint.

b.

unemployed; out of work.

c.

free to do or be as specified: You are at liberty to leave at any time during the meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

The Preamble

 

We the People  of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.