from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Liberty to teach, pursue, and discuss knowledge without restriction or interference, as by school or public officials.
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- n. The right to teach or learn freely without unreasonable interference from authority, or fear of reprisal.
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- n. the freedom of teachers and students to express their ideas in school without religious or political or institutional restrictions
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Certainly academic freedom in the country got its greatest boost from Trinity College, which is now Duke.