|Origin:||liberté, from Latin libertas, from liber 'free'|
lib‧er‧ty plural liberties
the freedom and the right to do whatever you want without asking permission or being afraid of authority:
the fight for liberty and equality
threats to individual liberty
struggles for political liberty
a particular legal right: ➔ civil liberty
legal right[countable usually plural]
liberties such as freedom of speech
something you do without asking permission, especially which may offend or upset someone else
take the liberty of doing something
I took the liberty of cancelling your reservation.
to have the right or permission to do something:
I am not at liberty to discuss these matters.
to make unreasonable changes in something such as a piece of writing:
The film-makers took too many liberties with the original novel.
to treat someone without respect by being too friendly too quickly, especially in a sexual way:
He's been taking liberties with our female staff.
if a prisoner or an animal is at liberty, they are no longer in prison or enclosed in a small place [= free]