civil liberty


civil liberty
noun
1. one's freedom to exercise one's rights as guaranteed under the laws of the country
Syn: ↑political liberty
Hypernyms: ↑freedom
2. fundamental individual right protected by law and expressed as immunity from unwarranted governmental interference
Derivationally related forms: ↑civil-libertarian
Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence
Hypernyms: ↑civil right

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noun, pl ⋯ -ties [count]
: the right of people to do or say things that are not illegal without being stopped or interrupted by the government

Freedom of speech is a civil liberty.

— usually plural

Opponents said the law would threaten civil liberties.

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ˌcivil ˈliberty [civil liberty] noun countable, usually plural, uncountable
the right of people to be free to say or do what they want while respecting others and staying within the law

an infringement of our civil liberties


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