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English definition of “freedom”

freedom

noun [C/U]    /ˈfri·dəm/
the condition or right of being able or allowed to do whatever you want to, without being controlled or limited: freedom of speech If children aren’t allowed some freedom, they won’t learn to be independent. [U] We were promised freedom from persecution. Freedom is also the state of not being in prison or in the condition of slavery (= condition of being legally owned by someone else). US history Freedoms are rights given by the constitution and the Bill of Rights, such as the freedom of speech (= the right to say and write what you believe or think, with some limitations) and freedom of religion (= the right to worship or to take part in a religion).
(Definition of freedom noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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