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academic freedom

freedom of a teacher to discuss or investigate any controversial social, economic, or political problems without interference or penalty from officials, organized groups, etc.
freedom of a student to explore any field or hold any belief without interference from the teacher.
Origin of academic freedom
1900-05, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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academic freedom definition

The right of teachers and students to express their ideas in the classroom or in writing, free from political, religious, or institutional restrictions, even if these ideas are unpopular.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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