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Definition: Liberty of the press
(l[i^]b"[~e]r*t[y^]), n.; pl. Liberties
(-t[i^]z). [OE. liberte, F. libert['e], fr. L. libertas, fr.
liber free. See Liberal
1. The state of a free person; exemption from subjection to
the will of another claiming ownership of the person or
services; freedom; -- opposed to slavery, serfdom,
bondage, or subjection.
But ye . . . caused every man his servant, and every
man his handmaid whom he had set at liberty at their
pleasure, to return, and brought them into
subjection. --Jer. xxxiv.
Delivered fro the bondage of corruption into the
glorious liberty of the sons of God. --Bible, 1551.
Rom. viii. 21.
2. Freedom from imprisonment, bonds, or other restraint upon
Being pent from liberty, as I am now. --Shak.
3. A privilege conferred by a superior power; permission
granted; leave; as, liberty given to a child to play, or
to a witness to leave a court, and the like.
4. Privilege; exemption; franchise; immunity enjoyed by
prescription or by grant; as, the liberties of the
commercial cities of Europe.
His majesty gave not an entire county to any; much
less did he grant . . . any extraordinary liberties.
5. The place within which certain immunities are enjoyed, or
jurisdiction is exercised. [Eng.]
Brought forth into some public or open place within
the liberty of the city, and there . . . burned.
6. A certain amount of freedom; permission to go freely
within certain limits; also, the place or limits within
which such freedom is exercised; as, the liberties of a
7. A privilege or license in violation of the laws of
etiquette or propriety; as, to permit, or take, a liberty.
He was repeatedly provoked into striking those who
had taken liberties with him. --Macaulay.
8. The power of choice; freedom from necessity; freedom from
compulsion or constraint in willing.
The idea of liberty is the idea of a power in any
agent to do or forbear any particular action,
according to the determination or thought of the
mind, whereby either of them is preferred to the
This liberty of judgment did not of necessity lead
to lawlessness. --J. A.
9. (Manege) A curve or arch in a bit to afford room for the
tongue of the horse.
10. (Naut.) Leave of absence; permission to go on shore.
(a) Unconfined; free.
(b) At leisure.
, exemption from arbitrary interference with
person, opinion, or property, on the part of the
government under which one lives, and freedom to take part
in modifying that government or its laws.
. See under Bell
(a) The Roman pileus which was given to a slave at his
(b) A limp, close-fitting cap with which the head of
representations of the goddess of liberty is often
decked. It is sometimes represented on a spear or a
Liberty of the press
, freedom to print and publish without
, the party, in the American Revolution, which
favored independence of England; in more recent usage, a
party which favored the emancipation of the slaves.
, a tall flagstaff planted in the ground, often
surmounted by a liberty cap. [U. S.]
, that liberty of choice which is essential to
, freedom of religious opinion and
Syn: Leave; permission; license.
. These words, though often
interchanged, are distinct in some of their
applications. Liberty has reference to previous
restraint; freedom, to the simple, unrepressed
exercise of our powers. A slave is set at liberty; his
master had always been in a state of freedom. A
prisoner under trial may ask liberty (exemption from
restraint) to speak his sentiments with freedom (the
spontaneous and bold utterance of his feelings). The
liberty of the press is our great security for freedom
, n. [F. presse. See 4th Press
1. An apparatus or machine by which any substance or body is
pressed, squeezed, stamped, or shaped, or by which an
impression of a body is taken; sometimes, the place or
building containing a press or presses.
Note: Presses are differently constructed for various
purposes in the arts, their specific uses being
commonly designated; as, a cotton press, a wine press,
a cider press, a copying press, etc. See Drill press
2. Specifically, a printing press.
3. The art or business of printing and publishing; hence,
printed publications, taken collectively, more especially
newspapers or the persons employed in writing for them;
as, a free press is a blessing, a licentious press is a
4. An upright case or closet for the safe keeping of
articles; as, a clothes press. --Shak.
5. The act of pressing or thronging forward.
In their throng and press to that last hold. --Shak.
6. Urgent demands of business or affairs; urgency; as, a
press of engagements.
7. A multitude of individuals crowded together; ? crowd of
single things; a throng.
They could not come nigh unto him for the press.
--Mark ii. 4.
, a printing press in which the impression is
produced by a revolving cylinder under which the form
passes; also, one in which the form of type or plates is
curved around a cylinder, instead of resting on a flat
. See under Hydrostatic
Liberty of the press
, the free right of publishing books,
pamphlets, or papers, without previous restraint or
censorship, subject only to punishment for libelous,
seditious, or morally pernicious matters.
, a bed that may be folded, and inclosed, in a
press or closet. --Boswell.
Press of sail
, (Naut.), as much sail as the state of the
wind will permit.