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I usually see people using "privacy" to describe the freedom from intrusion, however this definition does not necessarily includes the interference into a person's matters, only the observation of it. For example, look into someone's private life without consent is a violation of privacy, but changing someone's private life without consent is not. Which word would better describe the latter?

Example sentences:

I want to move to a my own place to have more ___ since my mom moves the furniture in my room every other month.

There is little ____ in a country where government interferes with your private life all the time.

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  • Please provide a sample sentence with a series of blanks for the word you're looking for. Commented May 11, 2018 at 23:58
  • "He moved to a house because he had no _____ in his apartment." Commented May 12, 2018 at 0:00
  • The only thing I can think of at the moment would be the noun seclusion. Though, this word doesn't fit your sentences precisely. Commented May 12, 2018 at 2:04
  • I think that 'seclusion' sounds more like being far from everyone. My question is more like nobody interfering other people's business, even if the are very close. Commented May 12, 2018 at 3:03

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Try independence, autonomy, or self-determination.

Many teenagers demand independence, but without any of the responsibility that comes with it.

Also sovereignty, if you want to pretend you are a self-ruled nation/state.

North Korea has frequently asserted that UN sanctions intended to curb its development of nuclear weapons are a "violent violation" of its sovereignty.

My oh-so clever son, on turning fifteen, declared his room to be a sovereign territory and warned that any unauthorized entry could spark a diplomatic incident.

(Edit) From the dictionary:

Independence (n): 2. freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.

Example:

In 1776 the American Colonies initiated what would eventually be a "War of Independence" to free themselves from British rule.

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  • These words sound for me something like "doing as wish", rather than "not be done what is not wished". Commented May 14, 2018 at 18:51
  • @GabrielDiego In 1776 the American Colonies fought a "War of Independence" to free themselves from British rule. Doesn't that sound like they didn't want to do what someone else told them to do?
    – Andrew
    Commented May 14, 2018 at 19:08
  • This definitely works with a country, however with people it sounds like end reliance (like financial support) upon someone else (like parents). Commented May 14, 2018 at 21:51
  • @GabrielDiego The word "independence" is the same for countries as it is for people. Even if you choose not to believe me, why don't you just look it up in a dictionary 2. freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.
    – Andrew
    Commented May 15, 2018 at 6:21
  • I agree with you. I'm choosing your answer. Thanks! Commented May 15, 2018 at 18:21
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Sacrosanctity

(Derived from sacrosanct):

  1. : most sacred or holy : INVIOLABLE
  2. : treated as if holy : immune from criticism or violation · politically sacrosanct programs

Inviolability / Inviolableness

(Derived from inviolable):

  1. : secure from violation or profanation · an inviolable law
  2. : secure from assault or trespass : unassailable · inviolable borders
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  • You can use discretion which is defined as:

    discretion: choice, or the right to make a choice, based on judgment.

  • Another option is serenity which means:

    serenity: a lack of agitation or disturbance.

  • And my last suggestion would be peace which is defined as:

    peace: calm and quiet; freedom from worry or annoyance.

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