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\Free"dom\ (fr[=e]"d[u^]m), n. [AS. fre['o]d[=o]m; fre['o]free + -dom. See Free, and -dom.] 1. The state of being free; exemption from the power and control of another; liberty; independence. Made captive, yet deserving freedom more. --Milton. 2. Privileges; franchises; immunities. Your charter and your caty's freedom. --Shak. 3. Exemption from necessity, in choise and action; as, the freedom of the will. 4. Ease; facility; as, he speaks or acts with freedom. 5. Frankness; openness; unreservedness. I emboldened spake and freedom used. --Milton. 6. Improper familiarity; violation of the rules of decorum; license. 7. Generosity; liberality. [Obs.] --Chaucer. Freedom fine, a sum paid on entry to incorporations of trades. Freedom of the city, the possession of the rights and privileges of a freeman of the city; formerly often, and now occasionally, conferred on one not a resident, as a mark of honorary distinction for public services. Syn: See Liberty.
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