Definition of civil liberty in English:

civil liberty

noun

mass noun
  • 1The state of being subject only to laws established for the good of the community, especially with regard to freedom of action and speech.

    ‘security measures can be taken without seriously compromising privacy and civil liberty’
    as modifier ‘civil liberty groups’
    • ‘Before imposing democratic regimes, therefore, we should ensure that civil liberty is properly entrenched in a rule of law, a rotation of offices, and the freedom to dissent.’
    • ‘But the six-page summary report does not address the frustration that has been expressed by civil liberty advocates, defense lawyers and the families of prisoners.’
    • ‘Now that's a version of depleted civil liberty too.’
    • ‘This is excellent news and a triumph for civil liberty and freedom of choice.’
    • ‘The existing law about involuntary commitment is the result of a long dialectic between an attitude of paternalism toward the mentally ill and ideals of personal freedom and civil liberty.’
    • ‘This is the common-sense notion that civil liberty must always be balanced against other societal interests, such as a nation's security.’
    • ‘The core value of constitutionalism, enshrined in the conception of a limited government, is to limit the State power, to prevent it from eroding civil liberty.’
    • ‘But Native leaders, human rights advocates and civil liberty experts say the changes didn't go nearly far enough.’
    • ‘‘Defence of civil liberty and justice for all our community are not mutually exclusive but inseparable,’ he told conference delegates.’
    • ‘The four of us who will be voting against this legislation have some very serious civil liberty concerns about it.’
    • ‘Sound money systems are essential to civil liberty, real freedom, and private property rights, including real estate.’
    • ‘Since then the calls for a royal commission have quietened somewhat but lawyers, academics and civil liberty groups maintain the State Government's solution is inadequate and problematic.’
    • ‘If the decision is made after hostilities have ceased, it is more likely to favor civil liberty than if made while hostilities continue.’
    • ‘Corporate corruption and civil liberty attacks can't do that.’
    • ‘‘Reducing civil liberty and justice for individuals does not secure safety for society,’ she concluded.’
    • ‘This new natural-rights view of civil liberty later inspired both the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.’
    • ‘Lawyers and civil liberty groups say sunlight is the best disinfectant.’
    • ‘The objectives include the defence and promotion of freedom of the press, broadcasting, speech and information, and the defence and promotion of peace, social justice and civil liberty.’
    • ‘In this collection of columns and occasional essays, she offers a passionate defense of civil liberty.’
    • ‘We need to develop substantive policies that consider both civil liberty and public health protection as equally valued national priorities.’
    1. 1.1civil liberties A person's rights to be subject only to laws established for the good of the community.
      ‘growing threats to our civil liberties’
      • ‘Most of our contemporary ideas about freedom of speech and civil liberties come from the Enlightenment.’
      • ‘The power of judicial review has allowed the Supreme Court to protect civil liberties within America.’
      • ‘After all, free speech - our core civil liberty - includes the right to receive public, non-confidential information.’
      • ‘This show trial is a serious threat to basic civil liberties and democratic rights.’
      • ‘This bill is an infringement of our civil liberties, our rights of trade.’
      • ‘As a result, both socioeconomic rights and civil liberties are being destroyed.’
      • ‘The station has also involved itself in civil rights and civil liberties issues.’
      • ‘The title of this book refers to both civil liberties and human rights.’
      • ‘By then his passionate concern for civil liberties and justice before the law was entrenched.’
      • ‘The same sort of thing is true for academic freedom; it's no more absolute than is the civil liberty of free speech.’
      • ‘If we do not take vigorous and rapid action we are going to have every civil liberty legislated away from us and a police state dictating our every move within a couple of decades.’
      • ‘Traditionally, the common law has provided some protection for civil liberties.’
      • ‘The assault on civil liberties and human rights did not end with the end of the Emergency.’
      • ‘They are shared by the otherwise opposed law-and-order and civil liberties lobbies.’
      • ‘It has forced compromises on freedoms and eroded civil liberties in many ways.’
      • ‘I am still naive enough that I'd like our country run on a basis of free speech and civil liberties.’
      • ‘Let alone that he'd already demonstrated his commitment to civil liberties and freedom as a Governor.’
      • ‘It marks a major escalation in the assault on civil liberties and democratic rights.’
      • ‘There's no need for extra measures that bypass basic human rights and attack civil liberties.’
      • ‘It ended Gandhi's emergency legislation, and restored civil liberties and free speech.’
      independence, freedom, autonomy, sovereignty, self government, self rule, self determination, home rule
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civil liberty