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civil liberty

noun, Usually, civil liberties
the freedom of a citizen to exercise customary rights, as of speech or assembly, without unwarranted or arbitrary interference by the government.
such a right as guaranteed by the laws of a country, as in the U.S. by the Bill of Rights.
Origin of civil liberty
1635-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It has been the subject of debate ever since, as civil liberty advocates have fought to rein in some of the powers it granted.
  • The cause of civil liberty must not be surrendered at the end of one or even one hundred defeats.
  • The privacy debate should not be a choice between civil defense and civil liberty.
  • It is a symbol of our resolve to maintain our civil liberty and our way of life that others seek to destroy out of hatred.
  • He requested further discussion on the camera project covering start up costs, expected effect, and civil liberty considerations.
  • The question divided the journalistic community, which relies heavily upon civil liberty provisions.
  • civil liberty groups have complained that anti-terrorism legislation was wrongly used against peaceful demonstrators.
British Dictionary definitions for civil liberty

civil liberty

the right of an individual to certain freedoms of speech and action
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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