The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.  The absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. Liberation from slavery or from the power of another. boldness of conception or execution. a political right.

Freedom is a condition in which people have the opportunity to speak, act and pursue happiness without unnecessary external restrictions. Freedom is important because it leads to enhanced expressions of creativity and original thought, increased productivity, and overall high quality of life.