freedom |ˈfrēdəm|


the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint: we do have some freedom of choice | he talks of revoking some of the freedoms.

• absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government: he was a champion of Irish freedom.

• the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved: the shark thrashed its way to freedom.

• the state of being physically unrestricted and able to move easily: the shorts have a side split for freedom of movement.

• (freedom from) the state of not being subject to or affected by (a particular undesirable thing): government policies to achieve freedom from want.

• the power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.

• unrestricted use of something: the dog is happy having the freedom of the house when we are out.

• archaic familiarity or openness in speech or behavior.

ORIGIN Old English frēodōm (see free,-dom) .