Main Entry: free·dom
1: the quality or state of being free: as a: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b: liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another :INDEPENDENCE c: the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous [freedom from care] d: EASE, FACILITY [spoke the language with freedom] e: the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken [answered with freedom] f: improper familiarity g: boldness of conception or execution h: unrestricted use [gave him the freedom of their home]
2 a: a political right b: FRANCHISE, PRIVILEGE
synonyms FREEDOM, LIBERTY, LICENSE mean the power or condition of acting without compulsion. FREEDOM has a broad range of application from total absence of restraint to merely a sense of not being unduly hampered or frustrated [freedom of the press]. LIBERTY suggests release from former restraint or compulsion [the released prisoner had difficulty adjusting to his new liberty]. LICENSE implies freedom specially granted or conceded and may connote an abuse of freedom [freedom without responsibility may degenerate into license].