civil liberty


civil liberty
civ′il lib′erty
n.
1) gov Often, civil liberties. a fundamental right, as freedom of speech, guaranteed to an individual by the laws of a country (as the Bill of Rights in the U.S.)
2) gov the liberty of an individual to exercise such a right without unwarranted government interference
Etymology: 1635–45 civ′il libertar′ian, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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