lib·er·ty n pl -ties
1 a: freedom from external (as governmental) restraint, compulsion, or interference in engaging in the pursuits or conduct of one's choice to the extent that they are lawful and not harmful to others
b: enjoyment of the rights enjoyed by others in a society free of arbitrary or unreasonable limitation or interference
2: freedom from physical restraint
3: freedom from subjection to the will of another claiming ownership or services
the right to a fair trial is a fundamental liberty secured by the Fourteenth Amendment — W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun absence of foreign rule, absence of restraint, absence of servitude, affranchisement, autonomy, choice, clearance, deliverance, emancipation, enfranchisement, exemption from control, exemption from external control, exemption from restraint, franchise, free will, freedom, freedom from captivity, freedom of action, freedom of choice, grant, independence, latitude, leave, liber, liberation from foreign restraint, libertas, license, licentia, noninterference, permission, political independence, power of choice, power to choose, prerogative, privilege, right, right of choice, sanction, self-determination, self-direction, self-government, unconstraint, uninhibitedness associated concepts: abuse of liberty, civil liberty, deprivation of liberty, individual liberties, liberty of contract, liberty of free press, liberty of speech, personal liberty, political liberty, religious liberty foreign phrases:
- Favorabilia in lege sunt flscus, dos, vita, libertas. — Favorites of the law are the treasury, dower, life, and liberty
- Libertas inaestimabilis res est — Liberty is a thing of inestimable value
- Libertas est naturalis facutias ejus quod, cuique facere llbet, nisi quod de jure aut vl prohlbetur. — Liberty is a person's natural power which permits one to do as he pleases
- Libertas non reclplt aestimationem. — Freedom does not admit a valuation.
II index capacity (authority), charter (sanction), dispensation (exception), emancipation, exemption, freedom, furlough, immunity, informality, latitude, leave (absence), leave (permission), license, opportunity, option (choice), parole, prerogative, privilege, suffrage

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Freedom; freedom from restrictions except for those imposed by law to prevent people from interfering with the liberty of others.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Freedom from restraint, slavery, or imprisonment, and the power to follow one's own will within the limits set by the law or society.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 Freedom from government or private interference or constraints.
2 The ability to exercise the rights enumerated by a constitution or available or under natural law.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The state of being free; enjoying various social, political, or economic rights and privileges The concept of liberty forms the core of all democratic principles. Yet, as a legal concept, it defies clear definition.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The state of being free; enjoying various social, political, or economic rights and privileges The concept of liberty forms the core of all democratic principles. Yet, as a legal concept, it defies clear definition.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   freedom from restraint and the power to follow one's own will to choose a course of conduct. Liberty, like freedom, has its inherent restraint to act without harm to others and within the accepted rules of conduct for the benefit of the general public.

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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