Definition of at liberty in English:

at liberty


  • 1Not imprisoned.

    ‘he was at liberty for three months before he was recaptured’
    • ‘So far, Russia's other oligarchs are at liberty, and their companies remain intact.’
    • ‘The third point is that the second applicant had opportunity to abscond in the four months during which he was at liberty.’
    • ‘It is well known that people are more likely to commit suicide when they are in prison or in a police cell than when they are at liberty.’
    • ‘After they were set at liberty they did not lose sight of them.’
    • ‘The defendant remained at liberty under his original bond of $35,000.’
    • ‘It seems to me either he is at liberty or he is not, and the imposition of conditions assumes the residue of power is still being exercised.’
    • ‘On the alternative formulation the prisoner in that situation would be at liberty (albeit on licence).’
    • ‘At present there are a number of persons accused of murder at liberty on bail and in some cases it is many months after the alleged murder that the case comes to trial.’
    • ‘She submits that the purpose, or at least a purpose, of imprisonment is to punish the criminal by depriving him of certain rights and pleasures which he can only enjoy when at liberty.’
    • ‘He ought not to be kept in custodial limbo indefinitely, entitled neither to a hearing of the case against him nor to be set at liberty.’
    free, on the loose, loose, set loose, at large, unconfined, roaming
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  • 2Allowed or entitled to do something.

    ‘he's not at liberty to discuss his real work’
    • ‘In fact, a principal authority is at liberty to withdraw the functions assigned to an agent.’
    • ‘It is too soon yet in our country to say that every man who cannot find employment, but who can find uncultivated land, shall be at liberty to cultivate it, paying a moderate rent.’
    • ‘We are being put at risk, because patients are free to roam and at liberty to abscond.’
    • ‘I'm not at liberty to say, because I am not positive.’
    • ‘The parties shall be at liberty in the interim, through counsel, to propose a candidate or candidates for the position of guardian of the person and guardian of the property.’
    • ‘Up to then it had been wholly outside my experience (and also my naive expectations) that police officers were seemingly at liberty to heartily abuse members of the citizenry.’
    • ‘I could explain, but for the first time in two months, I am at liberty to do absolutely nothing at all and as you might guess, I'm really quite eager to get going on that.’
    • ‘The mountains are still free, and we're all at liberty to climb them largely as we desire.’
    • ‘We're only talking about an incontrovertible fact of revelation for Catholics, which we are no more at liberty to destroy than the doctrine of the Trinity.’
    • ‘Desdemona said a friend was storing valuables there, and she wasn't at liberty to allow them in.’
    free, permitted, allowed, authorized, able, entitled, eligible, fit
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