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Academic freedom

Definition of the noun academic freedom

What does academic freedom mean as a name of something?


  1. the freedom of teachers and students to express their ideas in school without religious or political or institutional restrictions
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: freedom = the condition of being free

Alternative definition of the noun academic freedom


  1. The right to freely teach or learn without unreasonable interference from authority


  1. "Academic freedom" is a book by Conrad Russell.
  2. "Academic freedom" is a book by Cornelis de Kiewiet.
    • also known as "Academic freedom, the second T.B. Davie memorial lecture delivered in the University of Cape Town on 26 July 1960"
  3. "Academic freedom" is a book by Robbie Westene Peguese.
    • also known as "Academic freedom: the development of a model for higher education and its application to selected cases"


Academic freedom is the belief that the freedom of inquiry by faculty members is essential to the mission of the academy as well as the principles of academia, and that scholars should have freedom to teach or communicate ideas or facts without being targeted for repression, job loss, or imprisonment.

  • also known as 学术自由

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Academic freedom

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Google previewThe Routledge International Encyclopedia of Education (2013)

by Gary McCulloch, David Crook

These three general principles persevere as components of contemporary academic freedom. Two broad, and sometimes competing, conceptualisations now generally encapsulate the three predecessors: individual academic ...

Google previewSocial Issues in America: An Encyclopedia (2015)

An Encyclopedia by James Ciment

Academic freedom is usually defined as the freedom of scholars and students to inquire and instruct without substantial prohibitive influence from sources within or outside the academic setting. If they enjoy a reasonable degree of academic ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Rights Issues Since 1945 (2013)

by Winston Langley

ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND HUMAN RIGHTS. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) assigns to “every individual and every organ of society” the responsibility to “strive by teaching and education to promote respect” for human ...

Google previewThe Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Political Thought (2007)

by R. Scruton

academic freedom power of government, which may or may not be used, and which need not be applied universally, or in every area of social existence. Sometimes, as in the European absolutism of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, ...

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Academic freedom Meaning

Video shows what academic freedom means. The right to teach or learn freely without unreasonable interference from authority, or fear of reprisal.. Academic ...

Quotes about Academic freedom

Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom. (John Kenneth Galbraith)
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