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 for Liberty of the press
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Liberty \Lib"er*ty\ (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.
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              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.
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              Delivered fro the bondage of corruption into the
              glorious liberty of the sons of God.  --Bible, 1551.
                                                    Rom. viii. 21.
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     2. Freedom from imprisonment, bonds, or other restraint upon
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              Being pent from liberty, as I am now. --Shak.
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     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.
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     4. Privilege; exemption; franchise; immunity enjoyed by
        prescription or by grant; as, the liberties of the
        commercial cities of Europe.
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              His majesty gave not an entire county to any; much
              less did he grant . . . any extraordinary liberties.
                                                    --Sir J.
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     5. The place within which certain immunities are enjoyed, or
        jurisdiction is exercised. [Eng.]
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              Brought forth into some public or open place within
              the liberty of the city, and there . . . burned.
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     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
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     7. A privilege or license in violation of the laws of
        etiquette or propriety; as, to permit, or take, a liberty.
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              He was repeatedly provoked into striking those who
              had taken liberties with him.         --Macaulay.
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     8. The power of choice; freedom from necessity; freedom from
        compulsion or constraint in willing.
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              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
              other.                                --Locke.
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              This liberty of judgment did not of necessity lead
              to lawlessness.                       --J. A.
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     9. (Manege) A curve or arch in a bit to afford room for the
        tongue of the horse.
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     10. (Naut.) Leave of absence; permission to go on shore.
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     At liberty.
         (a) Unconfined; free.
         (b) At leisure.
     Civil liberty, 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.
     Liberty bell. See under Bell.
     Liberty cap.
         (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 pole.
     Liberty of the press, freedom to print and publish without
        official supervision.
     Liberty party, the party, in the American Revolution, which
        favored independence of England; in more recent usage, a
        party which favored the emancipation of the slaves.
     Liberty pole, a tall flagstaff planted in the ground, often
        surmounted by a liberty cap. [U. S.]
     Moral liberty, that liberty of choice which is essential to
        moral responsibility.
     Religious liberty, freedom of religious opinion and
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     Syn: Leave; permission; license.
     Usage: Liberty, Freedom. 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
            of thought.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Press \Press\, 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.
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     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.
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     2. Specifically, a printing press.
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     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
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     4. An upright case or closet for the safe keeping of
        articles; as, a clothes press. --Shak.
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     5. The act of pressing or thronging forward.
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              In their throng and press to that last hold. --Shak.
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     6. Urgent demands of business or affairs; urgency; as, a
        press of engagements.
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     7. A multitude of individuals crowded together; ? crowd of
        single things; a throng.
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              They could not come nigh unto him for the press.
                                                    --Mark ii. 4.
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     Cylinder press, 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
     Hydrostatic press. 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.
     Press bed, 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.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  LIBERTY OF THE PRESS. The right to print and publish the truth, from good 
  motives, and for justifiable ends. 3 Johns. Cas. 394. 
       2. This right is secured by the constitution of the United States. 
  Amendments, art. 1. The abuse of the right is punished criminally, by 
  indictment; civilly, by action. Vide Judge Cooper's Treatise on the Law of 
  Libel, and the Liberty of the Press, passim; and article Libel. 

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