Monday, February 8, 2010

Freedom, Liberty, and Justice

Let's not forget the true definitions of freedom, liberty and justice.  Use them or loose them.

free·dom (frē′dəm)


   1. the state or quality of being free; esp.,
         1. exemption or liberation from the control of some other person or some arbitrary power; liberty; independence
         2. exemption from arbitrary restrictions on a specified civil right; civil or political liberty freedom of speech
         3. exemption or immunity from a specified obligation, discomfort, etc. freedom from want
         4. exemption or release from imprisonment
         5. a being able to act, move, use, etc. without hindrance or restraint to have the freedom of the house
         6. a being able of itself to choose or determine action freely freedom of the will
         7. ease of movement or performance; facility
         8. a being free from the usual rules, patterns, etc.
         9. frankness or easiness of manner; sometimes, an excessive frankness or familiarity
   2. a right or privilege

lib·erty (lib′ər tē)

noun pl. liberties -·ties

   1. freedom or release from slavery, imprisonment, captivity, or any other form of arbitrary control
   2. the sum of rights and exemptions possessed in common by the people of a community, state, etc.
   3. a particular right, franchise, or exemption from compulsion
   4. a too free, too familiar, or impertinent action or attitude
   5. the limits within which a certain amount of freedom may be exercised to have the liberty of the third floor
         1. permission given to a sailor to go ashore; specif., in the U.S. Navy, permission given to an enlisted person to be absent from duty for a period ordinarily of 48 hours or less
         2. the period of time given
   7. Philos. freedom to choose; freedom from compulsion or constraint

jus·tice (jus′tis)


   1. the quality of being righteous; rectitude
   2. impartiality; fairness
   3. the quality of being right or correct
   4. sound reason; rightfulness; validity
   5. reward or penalty as deserved; just deserts
         1. the use of authority and power to uphold what is right, just, or lawful
         2. the personification of this, usually a blindfolded goddess holding scales and a sword
   7. the administration of law; procedure of a law court

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