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Liberty, 1) freedom from restraint; opposed to confinement and imprisonment, or to dependance and slavery: Compl. 252. Tp. I, 2, 492. Wiv. III, 3, 31. As I, 3, 140. H6A V, 3, 140. H6C IV, 6, 3. H6C IV, 6, 3 H6C IV, 6, 3 R3 I, 4, 267. H8 I, 1, 205. Rom. I, 1, 233. III, 2, 58. Tim. I, 2, 8. Lr. I, 1, 57. Oth. III, 4, 40. Ant. V, 2, 236. Cymb. V, 4, 4. Often with the poss. pronoun: Sonn. 58, 6. Tp. I, 2, 245. Meas. IV, 2, 137. Err. IV, 3, 20. V, 340. Ado I, 3, 37. LLL III, 129. As V, 1, 59. Shr. IV, 2, 113. John III, 4, 72. John III, 4, 72 IV, 2, 63. IV, 2, 63 H6A II, 5, 81. V, 3, 32. R3 I, 1, 77. Rom. II, 2, 182. Hml. III, 2, 352. IV, 1, 14. “at l.” Tp. V, 235. R3 III, 6, 9. to be at l. == to be free: H6B V, 1, 87. R3 I, 3, 305. Cor. II, 3, 31. “to set at l.” LLL III, 125. John III, 3, 9. “prey at l.” R3 I, 1, 133. “so wild at l.” H4A V, 2, 72 (Qq so wild a libertie; most M. Edd. a libertine).
2) power of acting as one is inclined: “why should their l. than ours be more?” Err. II, 1, 10. Err. II, 1, 10 Wint. I, 2, 112. H5 V, 2, 297. H6C IV, 5, 6. “he hath evermore had the l. of the prison,” Meas. IV, 2, 156 (he was allowed to do within the prison whatever he pleased). Hence == leave, permission: “the l. of gazing,” Err. V, 53. “of flight,” H6A IV, 2, 24. “of feasting,” Oth. II, 2, 10. “l. to blow on whom I please,” As II, 7, 47. H6A III, 4, 42. “this l. is all that I request, that I may have welcome,” Shr. II, 95. Doubtful passage: “the law of writ and the l.” Hml. II, 2, 421 (interpreted by some as extemporal plays).
3) licentiousness: “those petty wrongs that l. commits,” Sonn. 41, 1. “too much l.” Meas. I, 2, 129. “l. plucks justice by the nose,” I, 3, 29. “to give fear to use and l.” I, 4, 62. “such like --s of sin,” Err. I, 2, 102 (the abstr. for the concr.). “headstrong l. is lashed with woe,” II, 1, 15. “in l. of bloody hand,” H5 III, 3, 12. “lust and l.” Tim. IV, 1, 25. “known to youth and l.” Hml. II, 1, 24. Hml. II, 1, 24
4) political freedom: H6B IV, 2, 193. Caes. III, 1, 78. Caes. III, 1, 78 Caes. III, 1, 78 Plur. --s == rights, immunities, privileges: Cor. II, 3, 188. Cor. II, 3, 188 III, 1, 194. Caes. V, 1, 76. Cymb. III, 1, 75. “should he wrong my --s in my absence,” Per. I, 2, 112 (== royal rights, prerogatives).
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