Definition of open society in US English:

open society


  • A society characterized by a flexible structure, freedom of belief, and wide dissemination of information.

    • ‘And we will extend the peace by encouraging free and open societies on every continent.’
    • ‘We live in an open society that values freedom above all else.’
    • ‘During the twentieth century, the United States and the rest of the democratic world faced mortal threats from the twin totalitarianisms of fascism and communism, each deeply committed to the destruction of free and open societies.’
    • ‘One wonders if they have better luck against democracies than they do against dictatorships, against open societies, rather than closed ones.’
    • ‘But Ukrainians have now given their seal of approval to democracy and an open society.’
    • ‘Your discussion in the latest newsletter is really a special case of a debate that has been going on in democratic and open societies since their inception.’
    • ‘In my view that is not the sort of ‘enlightenment’ intellectuals in an open society should support.’
    • ‘There is a peculiar security dilemma here: how to create sufficient protection of open societies without shutting down or even reducing their openness.’
    • ‘In an open society the state should have the monopoly of violence and in return must guarantee freedom of speech.’
    • ‘These three trends - the rise of quality, the speciation of weapons, and the increased role of commercial technology - generally work to the benefit of developed open societies.’
    • ‘And one real gap is the lack of a consideration of the humanist place in the political process - that humanism leads to democracy and the open society.’
    • ‘In these cases, you can have a coalition of open societies, of democracies, that could constitute a source of legitimacy.’
    • ‘Contrary to a widespread belief, the media - at least in democratic or relatively open societies - do not control the minds of their readers or viewers.’
    • ‘In open societies that respect freedom and autonomy, an individual's choices are plural and diverse and, though that person may be highly idiosyncratic, he or she is free to pursue them as long as no harm is done to others.’
    • ‘After Taiwan moved toward democracy and a more open society, independence advocates were no longer subject to arrest or imprisonment.’
    • ‘Indeed, the mottoes of free software development have their counterparts in the theory of democracy and the open society.’
    • ‘How these two countries resolve them may determine whether they remain democratic societies, or even open societies.’
    • ‘I think we have to have an open society and keep an open society.’
    • ‘Democracy in an open society means that the government can be changed periodically.’
    • ‘We are a free society, an open society, and we know the terrorists would rather strike here than anywhere.’