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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ˈciv•il ˈlib•er•ty, n.
Government a basic or fundamental right guaranteed to an individual by the laws of a country:[countable]He claimed his civil liberties were being infringed.
Government the liberty of an individual to act on such a right without interference:[uncountable]the notion of civil liberty in a fundamentalist religious society.
civ•il lib•er•tar•i•an, n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016 civ′il lib′erty, Usually, civil liberties.
- Governmentthe freedom of a citizen to exercise customary rights, as of speech or assembly, without unwarranted or arbitrary interference by the government.
- Governmentsuch a right as guaranteed by the laws of a country, as in the U.S. by the Bill of Rights.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
civil liberty n
- the right of an individual to certain freedoms of speech and action
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