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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