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freedom of speech

The right to express one's opinion without censorship or other forms of punishment imposed by the government. In the United States, freedom of speech is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. The editor does not want to print my controversial article, but I'm pushing for it to appear in the next issue—what about freedom of speech?
See also: freedom, of, speech

freedom of maneuver

The space and ability to make changes to something. Hurry up! We don't have much freedom of maneuver in our schedule!
See also: freedom, maneuver, of

room for/to maneuver

The space and ability to make changes to something. Hurry up! We don't have much room to maneuver in our schedule!
See also: maneuver, room

give (one) (one's) freedom

To free or release one from something, such as a situation or agreement. If you're not in love with Gloria, then you need to give her her freedom—it's only fair. This living arrangement just isn't working out—I have to give Ben his freedom.
See also: freedom, give

give one one's freedom

to set someone free; to divorce someone. Mrs. Brown wanted to give her husband his freedom. Well, Tom, I hate to break it to you this way, but I have decided to give you your freedom.
See also: freedom, give, one

*(a) right to do something

 and *(the) right to do something
the freedom to do something; the legal or moral permission or license to do something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; You don't have the right to enter my home without my permission. I have a right to grow anything I want on my farmland.
See also: right

freedom of/room for maˈnoeuvre

the chance to change the way that something happens and influence decisions that are made: Small businesses have limited room for manoeuvre.
See also: freedom, manoeuvre, of, room
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The report noted that Turkey's increasing grade was a reflection of its improved scores in monetary and investment freedom that offset declines in freedom from corruption and labor freedom.
In the first place, Christian freedom is the freedom of authenticity, the freedom to be myself.
Our Founders lived in dangerous times, and they risked everything for freedom.
True liberty is freedom in the service of virtue--not "the freedom to be as selfish as I want to be" or "the freedom to be left alone" but "the freedom to attend to one's duties--duties to God, to family, and to neighbors.
The premise that republican government generally tends to protect liberty frees republican liberals from any need to justify particular policies that are good for the republic in terms of the freedom of particular individuals.
Physical freedom means freedom from the elements and other dangers of the natural world, and from hunger, thirst, and other biological needs.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which opened in August 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, on the northern bank of the Ohio River, serves as a beacon, an emotional lighthouse for a time in the United States' history where ownership of human chattel was legalized.
The earlier federal law, called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was much broader, applying to all government laws and actions.
That relationship continued to grow when Freedom Village residents began to volunteer as "puppy huggers.
Using his recovered materials to "pass on" a story of African American memory through the metanarratives of freedom arising from these public festivities, Kachun the historian, following Africanist traditions, subverts the individual "I" in favor of the collective "We" consciousness to capture these disparate and definitive moments.
This case study explores how Navy Special Warfare Group One is employing network-centric warfare capabilities in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism.
In the near future, some squadrons (either carrier or land based) may deploy to participate directly in OIF or Operation Enduring Freedom, while others may deploy to various strategic locations in support of the GWOT.
The frontline symbolizes the central role of the labor movement in the Immigrant Worker Freedom Rides and in resurrecting the immigrant rights agenda that has been floundering in the aftermath of 9/11.
In heaven we are perfectly free; on earth our freedom is imperfect.