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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: liberté, from Latin libertas, from liber 'free'

liberty

noun
     
lib‧er‧ty plural liberties
1

freedom

[uncountable] the freedom and the right to do whatever you want without asking permission or being afraid of authority:
the fight for liberty and equality
individual/personal liberty
threats to individual liberty
religious/political/economic liberty
struggles for political liberty
2

legal right

[countable usually plural] a particular legal right:
liberties such as freedom of speech
civil liberty
3

without permission

[singular] 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.
4

be at liberty to do something

formal to have the right or permission to do something:
I am not at liberty to discuss these matters.
5

take liberties with somebody/something

a) to make unreasonable changes in something such as a piece of writing:
The film-makers took too many liberties with the original novel.
b) old-fashioned 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.
6

at liberty

formal if a prisoner or an animal is at liberty, they are no longer in prison or enclosed in a small place [= free]

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