From Middle French uberté, from Latin ūbertās, from ūber.



uberty (uncountable)

  1. (now rare) Fertile growth, abundance, fruitfulness; copiousness, plenty.
    • c. 1412, John Lydgate, A Tale of Two Merchants/Fabula duorum mercatorum, l. 613
      'And yiff a tre with frut be ovirlade'/In his epistles he seith, as ye may see,/'Both braunche and bough wol enclyne and fade,/And greyne oppressith to moche vberte:/Right so it farith of fals felicite,/That of his weighte mesure doth exceede/Than of a fal gretly is to dreede'.
    • , Folio Society 2006, vol.1, p.209:
      to this day they yet enjoy that naturall ubertie and fruitfulnesse, which without labouring toyle, doth in such plenteous abundance furnish them with all necessary things [].
    • 1913/1998, Charles Sanders Peirce, "An Essay toward Improving Our Reasoning in Security and in Uberty" (1913), first published in The Essential Peirce: Selected Philosophical Writings Volume 2 (Indiana University Press, 1998) p. 465
      But it does not contribute to the uberty of reasoning, which far more calls for solicitous care.