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freedom (n.)

古英语 freodom "自决的权力,自由意志的状态;从奴隶制中解放出来,解脱;"见 free ( adj. )+ -dom 。意为"免于任意或专制控制,公民自由"来自14世纪末 意为"拥有特定特权"来自1570年代。在古弗里斯兰语 fridom ,荷兰语 vrijdom ,中低等德语 vridom ,也有类似的形成。

It has been said by some physicians, that life is a forced state. The same may be said of freedom. It requires efforts, it presupposes mental and moral qualities of a high order to be generally diffused in the society where it exists. [John C. Calhoun, speech, U.S. House of Representatives, Jan. 31, 1816]

[F]reedom is only truly freedom when it appears against the background of an artificial limitation. [T.S. Eliot, "Reflections on 'Vers Libre'"]

Freedom fighter 经1903年证明(原指古巴)。 Freedom-loving (adj.)是1841年的。 Freedom-rider 是1961年记载的,指美国的民权活动家试图整合公交线路。

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Definitions of freedom from WordNet

freedom (n.)
the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints;
freedom (n.)
immunity from an obligation or duty;
Synonyms: exemption
From wordnet.princeton.edu