civil liberty

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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
    civil liberty, Usually,civil liberties. 
    1. Governmentthe freedom of a citizen to exercise customary rights, as of speech or assembly, without unwarranted or arbitrary interference by the government.
    2. Governmentsuch a right as guaranteed by the laws of a country, as in the U.S. by the Bill of Rights.
    Etymology:1635–45


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    civil liberty n
    1. the right of an individual to certain freedoms of speech and action



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