The right and ability to act and express oneself in a freely chosen manner

Liberty, in philosophy, involves free will as contrasted with determinism. In politics, liberty consists of the social and political freedoms to which all community members are entitled. In theology, liberty is freedom from the bondage of sin. Generally, liberty is distinctly differentiated from freedom in that freedom is primarily, if not exclusively, the ability to do as one wills and what one has the power to do; whereas liberty concerns the absence of arbitrary restraints and takes into account the rights of all involved. As such, the exercise of liberty is subject to capability and limited by the rights of others.

  • Law - Set of rules and guidelines intended to influence social behavior
  • Law, Due Process of - Procedural safeguards, and unbiased laws and judgements
  • Law, Rule of - Legal environment where cases are handled in a non-arbitrary manner
  • Libertarianism - Advocates absolute liberty in thought and action while respecting others' rights
  • Liberty Bell - Announced first public reading of Declaration of Independence
  • Liberty Cap - The Phrygian or similar cap, a symbol of freed slaves and thus of liberty
  • Liberty, Individual - Enjoyment by individuals of social, political and economic rights
  • Liberty, Moral - Freedom to engage in acts injurious to one's self or one's property
  • Liberty, Statue of - Monument symbolizing liberty, in New York harbor
  • Liberty, Symbols of - Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, liberty cap, etc.
  • Liberty, Threats To - Actions by government that restrict individual liberty