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Dictionary Definition



1 the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints
2 immunity from an obligation or duty [syn: exemption]

User Contributed Dictionary



fredom < frēodōm < frēo < *frijaz < *prijos- "dear, beloved"; plus -dōm < *domaz < root *dhe- "to set, put". See also free, -dom.


  • frē'dəm, /ˈfriːdəm/


  1. The state of being free, of not being imprisoned or enslaved.
    Having recently been released from prison, he didn't know what to do with his newfound freedom.
  2. The state of being free, unconstrained; the lack of a specific constraint, or of constraints in general.
    Freedom of speech is a basic democratic value.
    Freedom to choose one's own destiny can be frightening.
    Every child has a right to freedom from fear and freedom from want.


Related terms


not being imprisoned or enslaved
The lack of a specific constraint
  • Chinese:
  • Croatian: sloboda
  • Czech: svoboda
  • Danish: frihed
  • Dutch: vrijheid
  • Faroese: frælsi
  • Filipino: kalayaan
  • Finnish: vapaus
  • French: liberté
  • German: Freiheit
  • Greek: ελευθερία (elefthería)
  • Hebrew:
  • Hungarian: szabadság
  • Japanese: 自由 (じゆう, jiyū)
  • Kurdish: ,
  • Romanian: libertate
  • Russian: свобода
  • Slovene: svoboda
  • Tagalog: kalayaan
  • Urdu: ازادی
  • West Frisian: frijheid

Extensive Definition

Freedom may refer to:
Freedom as a proper name may also refer to:




  • Freedom Ship, a concept for a floating city
  • Space Station Freedom, the name of a NASA project which later became the International Space Station
  • Freedom Tower (World Trade Center Tower 1), the centerpiece building of the new World Trade Center complex currently under construction in the Lower Manhattan section of New York City






Other uses

  • Freedom fries, a short-lived alternate term for french fries in the U.S.
  • Freedom Yachts, a company based in Rhode Island, USA
  • Freedom!, an educational computer game on the history of slavery.
freedom in Bulgarian: Свобода
freedom in German: Freedom
freedom in Spanish: Libertad (desambiguación)
freedom in Esperanto: Libereco
freedom in French: Freedom
freedom in Galician: Libre
freedom in Icelandic: Frelsi
freedom in Italian: Freedom
freedom in Hebrew: חופש
freedom in Georgian: თავისუფლება
freedom in Hungarian: Szabadság
freedom in Dutch: Vrijheid
freedom in Japanese: フリーダム
freedom in Romanian: Libertate (dezambiguizare)
freedom in Russian: Свобода (значения)
freedom in Slovenian: Liberty
freedom in Turkish: Özgürlük
freedom in Ukrainian: Свобода (значення)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

arrogance, artlessness, audaciousness, audacity, authority, authorization, autonomy, bigheartedness, blank check, bluffness, bluntness, boldness, bounteousness, bountifulness, bounty, brass, brazenness, broadness, brusqueness, candidness, candor, carte blanche, clarity, clear coast, clear road, compass, convenience, copyright, deliverance, deregulation, directness, discretion, dispensation, disrespect, ease, easiness, easy going, easy purse strings, effortlessness, emancipation, exemption, facileness, facility, favor, forthrightness, forwardness, franchise, frankness, free hand, free time, freehandedness, freeheartedness, freeness, gall, generosity, generousness, genuineness, givingness, goof-off time, graciousness, grant, great heart, greatheartedness, highroad, honesty, hospitality, idle hours, immunity, impertinence, impudence, independence, indulgence, ingenuousness, intelligibility, lack of hindrance, largeheartedness, largeness, largess, latitude, leisure, liberality, liberalness, liberation, liberty, license, magnanimity, manumission, margin, munificence, naturalness, nerve, odd moments, open hand, open heart, openhandedness, openheartedness, openness, outspokenness, patent, permission, plain dealing, plain sailing, plain speaking, plainness, plainspokenness, plane sailing, play, power, prerogative, presumption, presumptuousness, privilege, range, release, relief, repose, rest, retirement, right, roundness, royal road, scope, self-determination, self-direction, self-government, semiretirement, simplicity, sincerity, smooth road, smooth sailing, smoothness, spare time, special favor, straight sailing, straightforwardness, sweep, time, time to kill, time to spare, uncomplexity, uncomplicatedness, unconstraint, unreserve, unrestraint, unselfishness, warrant, welcome
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