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freedom

noun uk   /ˈfriː.dəm/ us  
B2 [C or U] the condition or right of being able or allowed to do, say, think, etc. whatever you want to, without being controlled or limited: I felt such a sense of freedom, up in the hills alone. Children are allowed much more freedom these days. [+ to infinitive] At university, you have the freedom to do what you want. Everyone should be allowed freedom of choice (= the ability to make their own choices). Freedom of speech and freedom of thought (= the ability to say and think whatever you want) were both denied under the dictatorship. They are campaigning for freedom of information (= for any information to be allowed to be given to anyone who wants it). We demand freedom from injustice/persecution (= the condition of not having to suffer these things).
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Human rightsFreedom to actOpportunity
[C] a right to act in the way you think you should: Being able to vote as you want to is an important political/democratic freedom.Freedom to actOpportunity Human rights [U] the state of not being in prison: They regained their freedom after ten years of unjust imprisonment.Freedom to actOpportunity give sb the freedom of to honour someone by giving them special rights in a particular city
See also
Showing respect and admiration
(Definition of freedom from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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