4. Privilege; exemption; franchise; immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; as, the liberties of the
commercial cities of Europe.
His majesty gave not an entire county to any; much less did he grant . . . any extraordinary liberties.Sir J. Davies.
5. The place within which certain immunities are enjoyed, or jurisdiction is exercised. [Eng.]
Brought forth into some public or open place within the liberty of the city, and there . . . burned.Fuller.
6. A certain amount of freedom; permission to go freely within certain limits; also, the place or limits within
which such freedom is exercised; as, the liberties of a prison.
7. A privilege or license in violation of the laws of etiquette or propriety; as, to permit, or take, a liberty.
He was repeatedly provoked into striking those who had taken liberties with him.Macaulay.
8. The power of choice; freedom from necessity; freedom from compulsion or constraint in willing.
The idea of liberty is the idea of a power in any agent to do or forbear any particular action, according
to the determination or thought of the mind, whereby either of them is preferred to the other.Locke.
This liberty of judgment did not of necessity lead to lawlessness.J. A. Symonds.
9. (Manege) A curve or arch in a bit to afford room for the tongue of the horse.
10. (Naut.) Leave of absence; permission to go on shore.
At liberty. (a) Unconfined; free. (b) At leisure. Civil liberty, exemption from arbitrary interference
with person, opinion, or property, on the part of the government under which one lives, and freedom
to take part in modifying that government or its laws. Liberty bell. See under Bell. Liberty
cap. (a) The Roman pileus which was given to a slave at his manumission. (b) A limp, close- fitting
cap with which the head of representations of the goddess of liberty is often decked. It is sometimes
represented on a spear or a liberty pole. Liberty of the press, freedom to print and publish without
official supervision. Liberty party, the party, in the American Revolution, which favored independence
of England; in more recent usage, a party which favored the emancipation of the slaves. Liberty
pole, a tall flagstaff planted in the ground, often surmounted by a liberty cap. [U. S.] Moral liberty,
that liberty of choice which is essential to moral responsibility. Religious liberty, freedom of religious
opinion and worship.
Syn. Leave; permission; license. Liberty, Freedom. These words, though often interchanged, are
distinct in some of their applications. Liberty has reference to previous restraint; freedom, to the simple,
unrepressed exercise of our powers. A slave is set at liberty; his master had always been in a state
of freedom. A prisoner under trial may ask liberty (exemption from restraint) to speak his sentiments
with freedom (the spontaneous and bold utterance of his feelings). The liberty of the press is our great
security for freedom of thought.
(Li*beth"en*ite) n. [From Libethen, in Hungary, where it was first found.] (Min.) A mineral
of an olive-green color, commonly in orthorhombic crystals. It is a hydrous phosphate of copper.
(Li*bid"i*nist) n. [See Libidinous.] One given to lewdness.
(Li*bid`i*nos"i*ty) n. The state or quality of being libidinous; libidinousness. Skelton.