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What was said in the registrar's office, Emma, or aren't you at liberty to tell me?

But I say to all men, what we have achieved in liberty, we will surpass in greater liberty.

We have saved a number of countries from losing their liberty.

They will test our courage, our devotion to duty, and our concept of liberty.

Liberty for all does not mean independence from one another.

Since I have seized my own liberty I am a fanatic for freedom.

If George Weston liked to live beyond his means, he was at liberty to do it for me.

That it is impossible to deprive men of the liberty of saying what they think.

I do not know how to apologize enough for this letter; I know it is taking so great a liberty.

I took the liberty to put it where it belongs, or at least where it seemed to me that it belongs.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "free choice, freedom to do as one chooses," from Old French liberté "freedom, liberty, free will" (14c.), from Latin libertatem (nominative libertas) "freedom, condition of a free man; absence of restraint; permission," from liber "free" (see liberal)

Nautical sense of "leave of absence" is from 1758. To take liberties "go beyond the bounds of propriety" is from 1620s. Sense of "privileges by grant" (14c.) led to sense of "a person's private land" (mid-15c.), which yielded sense in 18c. England and America of "a district within a county but having its own justice of the peace," and also "a district adjacent to a city and in some degree under its municipal jurisdiction" (e.g. Northern Liberties of Philadelphia). Also cf. Old French libertés "local rights, laws, taxes."

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