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liberty

noun (FREEDOM)    /ˈlɪb.ə.ti/ US  /-ɚ.t̬i/
B2 [U] formal the freedom to live as you wish or go where you want: For most citizens, liberty means the freedom to practise their religious or political beliefs. Hundreds of political prisoners are to be given their liberty (= released from prison). Of the ten men who escaped this morning from Dartmoor Prison, only two are still at liberty (= free or not yet caught).Freedom to actOpportunity be at liberty to do sth C2 formal to be allowed to do something: I'm not at liberty to reveal any names.Allowing and permitting liberties [plural] formal freedom to live as you wish or go where you want: These laws will restrict our ancient rights and liberties.Morality and rules of behaviour
(Definition of liberty noun (FREEDOM) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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