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Thread: Freedom (eleutheria-leuteria)

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    Re: Freedom (eleutheria-leuteria)

    Those who have said that freedom and liberty are virtually or almost synonymous are probably referring to meaning, not to use. There are numerous examples where one is used rather than the other. Take the following collocations as just some examples:

    freedom from discrimination, scrutiny, etc.
    freedom of choice, expression, inquiry, movement, speech, the press
    freedom to practice, to think, to choose (cf. be at liberty to...)
    religious freedom
    political freedom
    economic freedom
    intellectual freedom
    relative freedom
    ...bought their freedom
    ...will be given their freedom
    ...serve the cause of freedom
    ...an indication of the freedom afforded by the outdoors

    For those who are interested in exploring similar topics, I recommend the following site: www.wordandphrase.info.

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    Re: Freedom (eleutheria-leuteria)

    Quote Originally Posted by Live2Learn View Post
    Those who have said that freedom and liberty are virtually or almost synonymous are probably referring to meaning, not to use. There are numerous examples where one is used rather than the other. Take the following collocations as just some examples:

    freedom from discrimination, scrutiny, etc.
    freedom of choice, expression, inquiry, movement, speech, the press
    freedom to practice, to think, to choose (cf. be at liberty to...)
    religious freedom
    political freedom
    economic freedom
    intellectual freedom
    relative freedom
    ...bought their freedom
    ...will be given their freedom
    ...serve the cause of freedom
    ...an indication of the freedom afforded by the outdoors

    For those who are interested in exploring similar topics, I recommend the following site: www.wordandphrase.info.
    I actually should have said, "There are numerous examples where one TENDS TO BE used more than the other." For example a Google search of "economic freedom" yields 5,000,000 hits while "economic liberty" produces only 469,000 hits; "Freedom of choice" gives 7,030,000 hits, while "liberty of choice" gives only 399,000.

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    Re: Freedom (eleutheria-leuteria)

    ....whereby the variant with "liberty" tends to be more colourful or of more elevated style.

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